Monday's Frosty Mug: Brewer News, Links And Notes From The Weekend

July 15, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Some things to read while making some revisions.

The Brewers picked up a series win in the first of three potential season-defining series with a 4-1 win yesterday behind a strong outing for Yovani Gallardo. Noah has the recap, if you missed it.

Gallardo was the big story yesterday as he struck out a career-high 14 over seven innings (tied for the second highest total in franchise history) and did not walk a batter for the first time this season. Noah notes that he's the first pitcher in Brewer franchise history to have 14 strikeouts and no walks in a game

Gallardo's big start yesterday continued an interesting trend for Brewer pitchers: They've already struck out 774 opposing batters (8.7 per nine innings as a team), and Ryan Kartje of FS Wisconsin notes that they're on pace to crush the single season franchise record set in 2007.

Martin Maldonado was this weekend's other top story, as he had eight hits over three days. On Friday he became the first Brewer rookie with four hits in a game since Lorenzo Cain in 2010, and the first rookie catcher since Dave Nilsson in 1992.

Ryan Braun also had a pretty solid weekend, hitting .500/.615/1.100 over three games with a pair of home runs and three walks. He's our reigning Brewer of the Week, and I'd say he's got a pretty good shot at defending that crown. He's also locked down in the #1 spot in Justin Hull's Brewer Power Rankings.

Other notes from the field:

Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates have vacated the visitors' clubhouse to make room for the Cardinals, who will open a three game set at Miller Park tonight. Mike Still has the MLB.com preview, and noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's Lance Lynn/Michael Fiers matchup an eight out of ten on his NERD scale.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball, by the way, has another look at Fiers in his Rookie Report. Sickels may have been one of the first people onto the Fiers bandwagon. Here's this week's full set of pitching matchups:

Day Brewers Cardinals
Monday Michael Fiers Lance Lynn
Tuesday Randy Wolf Joe Kelly
Wednesday Zack Greinke Adam Wainwright

The Mug wouldn't be complete without a fresh batch of Zack Greinke notes:

Whether Greinke moves or not, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports says we should expect a frenzy of activity before the trade deadline. I'm not so sure, but reasonable people can disagree.

Meanwhile, rumors that the Dodgers are interested in Aramis Ramirez continue to swirl. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com says Ramirez is at the top of their wish list, but they've also scouted Corey Hart.

The Brewers got some good news on the injury front over the weekend when Jonathan Lucroy took live BP for the first time and showed enough to get the team to accelerate the plans for his return. Jordan Schelling is reporting overhearing Lucroy say he'll go on a rehab assignment with Wisconsin on Thursday.

Unfortunately, there's also some bad news: Shaun Marcum is making progress in his rehab but Ron Roenicke says it's unlikely he'll pitch again before August. That makes it roughly impossible for the Brewers to trade him before the non-waiver deadline.

In the minors:

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to Jesse7124, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 Jesse7124 65.9
2 brewman70 60.2
3 airfigaro 58.9
4 icecreamman 58.4
5 MadtownTim 57.6
6 Jahiegel 57.0
7 Some Guy Named Gabbo 56.4
8 Megalomaniac 51.8
9 Badger Boy in Vail 50.8
10 Ashcampbell 49.9

Tonight's action doesn't start until 6:05, so you've got plenty of time to make your picks for today. And, of course, with a new series comes a new set of Prognostikeggers.

Around baseball:

Angels: Placed reliever Jordan Walden on the DL with a bicep strain.
Astros: Placed shortstop Jed Lowrie (ankle) and catcher Jason Castro (knee) on the DL.
Athletics: Signed reliever Chris Ray to a minor league deal.
Braves: Acquired shortstop Paul Janish from the Reds for a minor league pitcher.
Cardinals: Signed reliever Brian Fuentes to a minor league deal.
Orioles: Designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment and placed pitcher Jason Hammel on the DL with a knee injury.
Red Sox: Placed pitcher Scott Atchison on the DL with forearm tightness and designated pitcher Justin Germano for assignment.
Rockies: Placed first baseman Todd Helton on the DL with hip inflammation.
Tigers: Placed pitcher Drew Smyly on the DL with an intercostal strain.
Yankees: Signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league deal.

While the Brewers were playing yesterday many of us were also keeping an eye on the Braves game, where Ben Sheets pitched six shutout innings and allowed just two hits in his first major league game since 2010.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 35th anniversary of infielder Ed Romero's major league debut, making him the second youngest player in franchise history. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the 26th anniversary of Gorman Thomas' return to Milwaukee as a free agent in 1986. Today is also 1970 Brewer Bob Burda's 74th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his five career HBP are tied for the fourth most ever for a player born on July 16.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time for lunch.

Drink up.

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