Monday's Frosty Mug: Brewer News, Links And Notes That Got Swept Away Over The Weekend

Jul 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Chris Heisey (28) slides under the Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado (12) to score during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Some things to read while ringing your bell.

The Brewers are in Philadelphia this morning (Tyler Thornburg recommends the cheesesteak at Pat's) but left their floundering 2012 playoff hopes in Cincinnati, where they were swept in a three game set over the weekend to drop back to six games under .500 and 10.5 back in the Central. Noah has the recap, if you missed it.

Ryan Braun went 4-for-13 with four singles and six strikeouts this weekend, and his second hit Friday night was the 1000th of his career. He's the second fastest Brewer ever to reach that mark, behind Cecil Cooper. According to Dave Cameron of FanGraphs he also carries baseball's sixth highest trade value.

Corey Hart's 12 game hitting streak was snapped Friday night, so he'll have to settle for being tied for the third longest streak by a Brewer in 2012. The new longest active streak belongs to Cesar Izturis, who has a hit in six straight games. He's raised his OPS by 62 points during the streak, but is still well under .600.

Hart, by the way, has played 40 games at first base this season without making an error. He's the only major leaguer that can claim that in 2012.

Other notes from the field:

The Brewer road trip continues tonight in Philadelphia where Roy Halladay and Randy Wolf open a three game set at 6:05. Jeremy Warnemuende has the MLB.com preview, while noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's matchup a four out of ten on his NERD scale. On paper this contest seems like a pretty solid mismatch in the Phillies' favor, but Mike Vassallo notes that the last time these two pitchers met the Brewers picked up a blowout victory.

Looking ahead a day, Zack Greinke is scheduled to start for the Brewers tomorrow night and you can bet there will be a wealth of scouts in attendance to see one of this trade season's hottest commodities. The Brewers still appear to be making an effort to retain Greinke, though, with Jon Heyman reporting they're rumored to have offered him a deal worth close to $112.5 million. Greinke confirmed the offer, and here's what Adam McCalvy said about the conversation:

But Greinke, a free agent after the season, felt uncomfortable revealing more, including whether he and agent Casey Close were receptive to such an offer, or whether talks would continue.

That paragraph is actually somewhat encouraging to me. If the two sides were nowhere close and there was no hope of a deal, I feel like Greinke would have said that instead of hedging like he is here.

Elsewhere in potentially moveable parts, Aramis Ramirez's name continues to come up in trade rumors. He told Adam McCalvy he's been traded before and isn't worried about it happening again.

There's also a chance, although perhaps not a big one, that Nyjer Morgan could move as part of a deal over the next two weeks. Jim Owczarski of OnMilwaukee.com sat down with Morgan as part of the site's "Milwaukee Talks" series.

Michael Fiers was a tough-luck loser yesterday, allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings. He's still our Brewer of the Week, though, and has been for two of the last three weeks.

In the minors:

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to badgerman59, who edged out sauveb by a tenth of a point in yesterday's SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 badgerman59 67.3
2 sauveb 67.2
3 baldywi 64.9
4 icecreamman 62.5
5 coolig 61.6
6 MadtownTim 53.8
7 Kiev 'n Rice 52.5
8 c.stet 45.3
9 -JP- 38.3
10 Hendrik 38.0

Tonight's action starts at 6:05, so there's still plenty of time to make your picks for today. And, of course, a new series brings a new set of Prognostikeggers.

Around baseball:

Astros: Claimed pitcher Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Padres.
Athletics: Placed shortstop Cliff Pennington on the DL with elbow tendonitis.
Blue Jays: Acquired pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and a minor leaguer from the Astros for reliever Francisco Cordero, ourfielder Ben Francisco, four minor leaguers and a PTBNL and placed reliever Jason Frasor on the DL with forearm tightness.
Braves: Placed outfielder Matt Diaz on the DL with a thumb injury.
Diamondbacks: Claimed pitcher Brad Bergesen off waivers from the Orioles.
Indians: Signed reliever J.C. Romero to a minor league deal.
Mets: Placed pitcher Johan Santana on the DL with an ankle sprain and designated pitcher Miguel Batista for assignment.
Nationals: Placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the DL with an oblique tear and designated outfielder Xavier Nady for assignment.
Orioles: Acquired infielder Omar Quintanilla from the Mets for future considerations and designated infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce for assignment.
Padres: Signed outfielder Carlos Quentin to a three year, $27 million contract extension.
Phillies: Designated outfielder Jason Pridie for assignment.
Pirates: Placed pitcher Juan Cruz on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
Rays: Placed DH Luke Scott on the DL with a mild right external oblique strain.
Rockies: Acquired pitcher Jonathan Sanchez from the Royals for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
White Sox: Acquired reliever Brett Myers from the Astros for two minor league pitchers.

In former Brewers:

Brewers Live pre and post-game shows on FS Wisconsin from this weekend were held in Wisconsin Dells, which creates a weird situation where Brewer news is briefly covered (if at all) between infomercial-level reporting on the tourist attractions in the city. If knowing someone else shares your pain will help you feel better, then you may appreciate knowing that Twins fans were exposed to it too.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks what would have been the 136th birthday of Rochester, WI native, Beloit College alum and late 1800s-early 1900s major leaguer Ginger Beaumont. Plunk Everyone notes that his 30 career HBP are the third most ever for a player born on July 23.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see if there's any cake left.

Drink up.

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