Some things to read while getting around to it.
All eyes around baseball are turned to New York today, where the MLB All Star Game will be played at 6:30 tonight. Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura are expected to get into the game as reserves, and Jason Beck of MLB.com talked to the two of them about the roads they've taken to reach their first Midsummer Classics.
Tonight's game will be the latest chapter in Jean Segura's meteoric rise to stardom, as he's gone from playing in the Futures Game in 2012 to nearly being the NL's starting shortstop in 2013. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs has Segura 42nd in this year's installment of his trade value top 50.
We can say one thing with relative certainty: If Carlos Gomez homers tonight, he'll probably get around the bases pretty quickly. Larry Granillo of Wezen-ball noted that Gomez's average home run trot is the tenth fastest in all of baseball this season. Aramis Ramirez, on the other hand, is the fourth slowest trotter. Larry also stopped by here yesterday to review Brewer trots in the first half.
The All Star Game won't feel right tonight without Ryan Braun in the lineup. Braun is the cleanup hitter on Dave Cameron of FanGraphs' team of All Star outsiders that could actually be better than either of tonight's teams.
Speaking of non-All Stars, Greg Simons of The Hardball Times has Tom Gorzelanny on his list of players who didn't have a chance of making the roster but could help a team in tonight's game.
For the Brewers who aren't in New York, we have an accomplishment the whole team can celebrate. TOOTBLAN Tracker noted that the Brewers are baseball's TOOTBLANiest team in the first half.
Outs on the basepaths aren't the only reason for this, of course, but they haven't helped: Jonah Keri of Grantland has the Brewers 28th in his power rankings this week for the second consecutive week.
Yovani Gallardo's inconsistent season is another reason the Brewers have fallen off the pace. Gallardo (and Ryan Braun) fell off Dave Cameron's previously mentioned list of baseball's top 50 in trade value. Here's what Cameron had to say about Braun:
Maybe in a year, BioGenesis will be behind us ... and omitting two of the game's premier talents will look stupid. Right now, though, I just can't imagine a Major League GM having the stones to give up serious talent in order to acquire either of these guys.
If Wily Peralta continues to perform as he has for the last month, he may be on Cameron's list next year. J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker has a look at his sudden turnaround.
In the minors:
- Yesterday might have been the biggest day of the season for Brewers winning minor league awards. Congratulations are due out today to Southern League Pitcher of the Week David Goforth, Florida State League Player of the Week Nick Ramirez and Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week Eduard Reyes. (h/t to @Mass_Haas for the notes on Goforth and Reyes.)
- On the field the affiliates went 3-2 with both losses coming from Brevard County. The starting pitchers weren't to blame, though, as Jacob Barnes and Brent Suter combined to allow a single earned run over 12 innings of work. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Meanwhile, Johnny Hellweg allowed two runs on five hits over six innings in Wisconsin's 6-2 win over Lake County. We've got much more on his outing in the Timber Rattlers Notebook, and Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has video highlights.
- Brewers minor league coach Sandy Guerrero pitched to Prince Fielder in the Home Run Derby last night. (Twitter link) Fielder was eliminated in the first round.
If you'd like more from me today but you're sick of reading, I'm excited to announce that I'll be making my debut as guest host of The Home Stretch on FM 95.3 WSCO in Appleton from 1-3 today. We'll talk Brewers and the All Star Game, of course, but I've also got the following guests lined up:
- In the 1 o'clock hour we'll talk to Frank Madden of BrewHoop.
- We'll start off the 2 o'clock hour by chatting with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.
- Finally, Tuesdays on the Home Stretch are J.P. Tuesdays, so later in the 2 pm hour we'll talk all things Wisconsin sports with J.P. Cadorin of Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
We'll also be taking your calls, tweets and emails, so listen in live and join us on The Home Stretch.
Rockies: Acquired pitcher Armando Galarraga from the Reds for a minor league pitcher.
All five NL Central teams, of course, were off yesterday. Here are the standings with a look at each team's home run leaders:
|Cardinals||57||36||--||Carlos Beltran (19), Matt Holliday (13), Allen Craig (10)|
|Pirates||56||37||1||Pedro Alvarez (24), Andrew McCutchen (10), Starling Marte (9)|
|Reds||53||42||5||Jay Bruce (19), Joey Votto (15), Shin-Soo Choo (13)|
|Cubs||42||51||15||Alfonso Soriano (16), Anthony Rizzo (13), Nate Schierholtz (11)|
|Brewers||38||56||19.5||Carlos Gomez (14), Jonathan Lucroy (13), Jean Segura (11)|
Today in sabermetrics: It's not a number I use frequently here on the site, but Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post has an introduction to wRC+, the next sabermetric hitting stat that may be turning towards the mainstream. (h/t BBTF)
This is relevant to nothing but I'm sharing it anyway because it's my favorite thing from today: Last night Jimmy Fallon sent Mets pitcher Matt Harvey out to interview New Yorkers...about Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm getting my day back.