Some things to read while writing blanket scouting reports.
The Brewers needed a big start from Zack Greinke last night and they got it, as he pitched seven innings and struck out a Brewer-career-high twelve batters in an 8-0 win over the Cubs. JP has the recap, if you missed it.
Last night's win continued a fascinating streak for Zack Greinke, who is the first major leaguer since Kenny Rogers in 1998-99 with Oakland to win his first 15 home decisions with a team. Greinke told reporters after the game that the coffee he drinks at home may have something to do with it:
Asked about home success vs. road, ZG explained that one of the issues on the road is that hotels sometimes has bad coffee. He's a beauty.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 7, 2012
Apparently good coffee allows Greinke to pitch extra slow: He threw a 53 mph curveball to Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm with the bases loaded in the second inning.
The Brewers blew last night's game open in the eighth inning when Taylor Green hit a pinch-hit, three run homer, his first in the major leagues. Mike Vassallo has a picture of Green getting the ball back from 26-year-old Chris Kopp of Wauwatosa. Chris Jenkins of the AP is reporting that Kopp didn't want anything for the ball, but Green gave him a bat anyway.
Other notes from the field:
- Aramis Ramirez sat out again yesterday with his quad strain but says he plans to try to play again today and is "100 percent sure" he'll avoid going on the DL.
- The Brewers have struck out ten or more opposing batters in three straight games for just the 16th time in franchise history. And, of course, they're 1-2 in those games.
- JP has a look at last night's turning points and a transcript of Ron Roenicke's postgame comments.
- The Brat won the sausage race.
- Longtime former Cub Jon Lieber was in one of the costumes last night.
The Cubs and Brewers will play the rubber game of their three game set at 1:10 today, with Matt Garza taking on Randy Wolf. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has the preview.
This week's battle between two sub-.500 teams has been something of a box office dud. Just 27,112 paid to see last night's game, down from Tuesday's low number of 28,071. Kurt Ehlert of Chicagosidesports.com says the Cubs and Brewers aren't a real rivalry.
With that said, last night's smallish crowd pushed the Brewers over 1 million fans for the season after 29 home games. They needed 30 games to reach the same mark last season.
Ryan Braun went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk last night, scoring a run and driving one in. Steve Slowinski of FanGraphs selected Braun #6 overall in their version of ESPN's Franchise Player Draft.
Away from the field, the MLB draft remains this week's big story and the team may have big news on that front today: First round pick Victor Roache told WSSP (via Jaymes Langrehr of Disciples of Uecker) that he's coming to Milwaukee to take a physical and sign his contract today (FanShot). Roache is nursing a hand/wrist injury that will keep him off the field for a bit, but his pro debut will likely still come this season. He's on Twitter, by the way.
Roache likely won't be the only news this week. Bruce Seid told Tom Haudricourt the team is "real close with a lot of the top guys."
Other notes from the draft:
- First round pick Clint Coulter and second round pick Mitch Haniger are on Twitter.
- Adam McCalvy notes the Brewers drafted 27 collegiate players and 15 high schoolers, and have an even split between 21 pitchers and position players.
- Third round pick Zach Quintana, the first pitcher the Brewers selected, is planning on turning down an offer from San Diego State and expects to sign.
- Canada.com has a story on seventh round pick David Otterman, a pitcher.
- Coral Springs Talk has a story on 13th round pick Alan Sharkey.
- Pitcher Austin Blaski, the Brewers' 21st round pick from D3 Marrietta College in Ohio, has already signed. The Marietta Times has more on him. He's also on Twitter.
- Brewer 25th round pick Lance Roenicke is Ron's son.
- @Mass_Haas is reporting that pitcher Mark McCoy, who the Brewers drafted out of high school in the 26th round, appears unlikely to sign.
- 34th round pick Tommy Burns, a pitcher, is committed to attend junior college but sounds like he'd be interested in changing plans if the price was right.
Elsewhere in the minors:
- The affiliates went 2-1 yesterday with the lone loss coming from Huntsville, where Hiram Burgos pitched seven scoreless innings but got no support in the Stars' 1-0 loss to Mississippi. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Rattler Radio has video highlights from Wisconsin's 6-4 win over Clinton.
- Huntsville's shutout loss came at the hands of Braves prospect David Hale, who struck out a career-high eleven in the game.
- Seven members of the first-place Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have been selected to the Midwest League All Star Game. Infielder Greg Hopkins will start the game at second base while first baseman/outfielder Jason Rogers and shortstop Yadiel Rivera will be on the bench and pitchers Drew Gagnon, Seth Harvey, Tommy Toledo and Mark Williams will be in the bullpen.
- Five Huntsville Stars will also take part in All Star festivities: First baseman Hunter Morris, second baseman Scooter Gennett and pitchers Tyler Thornburg, Evan Anundsen and Jesus Sanchez have been selected to participate.
- Brewerfan.net is reporting the Brewers have released pitcher Bradley Blanks. The organization signed him out of independent ball a year ago, and he had posted a 4.35 ERA in 14 appearances for Huntsville in 2012.
- Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com says the Brewers are excited about the pitchers currently in their system, which allowed them to spend most of their top picks on position players this season.
A big signing bonus can buy you lots of potatoes. John Steinmiller and Caitlin Moyer have a review of the baked potato stand at Miller Park.
When the Brewers face the Diamondbacks at home on July 1 they'll be wearing green "Birrai" jerseys as part of "Italian Heritage Day." The Diamondbacks jerseys will say "iD-Backs." It sounds like that's Italian for "los D-Backs," which we've previously established as Spanish for "the weak effort at translation."
Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to Uhhhhdel, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard.
For taking home the honors yesterday, Uhhhhdel wins an entry in our Brew Crew Ball sweepstakes. You can read more about the giveaway in this week's Prognostikeggers post. Today's action starts at 12:05, so time is running out to make your picks for today.
Angels: Placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the seven-day DL with a concussion.
Athletics: Placed pitcher Andrew Carignan on the DL with a UCL strain and designated first baseman Kila Ka'aihue for assignment.
Indians: Claimed pitcher Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Mets: Designated infielder Josh Satin for assignment.
Nationals: Placed catcher Carlos Maldonado on the DL with a back injury.
Orioles: Signed pitcher Jamie Moyer to a minor league deal.
Padres: Jeff Suppan has rejected an assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
Rays: Designated first baseman Brandon Allen for assignment.
Rockies: Released catcher Eliezer Alfonzo and are expected to sign pitcher Jeff Francis.
Tigers: Placed catcher Alex Avila on the DL with a hamstring strain and designated catcher Omir Santos for assignment.
We still haven't seen all of the impact of baseball's new rules regarding the draft, but it sounds like it'll lead to a fair number of players reaching deals pretty quickly. The Astros have a verbal agreement with #1 overall pick Carlos Correa, and MLB Daily Dish has him listed as one of four first-rounders who have already signed (not including Victor Roache). Jerry Crasnick talked to an agent who said there have been lots of pre-draft agreements between players and teams.
By the way, you already know about Correa and much more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.
While the MLB draft represents a pretty significant opportunity to discuss at-length players we know nearly nothing about, it's also an incredible opportunity to discuss unusual names. Value Over Replacement Grit has an excellent look at the latter.
Today in former Brewers: Dave Bush had been pitching in the minors for the Phillies but has been released so he can go pitch in Korea.
You've waited for it, you've wished for it, and now we have it: In the ninth inning of Tuesday's 11-0 win Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (hitting career home run #200) hit a ball off the Marlins' new home run sculpture. The noise wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped it'd be.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 35th anniversary of the Brewers selecting Paul Molitor with the #3 overall pick in 1977. Today is also longtime Brewer Don Money's 65th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 40 career HBP are the second most ever for a player born on June 7.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find my mom.