Some things to read while taking a closer look.
The Brewers fell behind early but staged a comeback late as Sean Halton's home run powered the Crew to a 6-5 win over the Reds on Sunday. Noah has the recap, if you missed it.
Halton has seven hits and two home runs in his last four starts, but the Brewers have still started him at first base just four times in 13 September games. They sat him on Saturday in favor of Yuniesky Betancourt and his .235 on-base percentage. Ron Roenicke told reporters Yuni, who is hitting .188/.211/.299 since May 3, was starting for his defense. In other news, there is a first time for absolutely everything.
The fact that Yuni got a start at first base is probably also a sign of how far Juan Francisco's stock has fallen. He's hitting .133/.220/.178 in 20 games since his last home run on August 16, and the Brewers want him to go play winter ball to work on making better contact and playing first base.
Other notes from the field:
- Yesterday's game featured some pretty remarkable defensive plays. Carlos Gomez robbed Jay Bruce of a three-run homer with a catch at the wall and Joey Votto made a behind-the-back flip to first base to rob Logan Schafer of an infield hit in the second inning.
- We've also got video of Ron Roenicke's postgame comments, and Cincinnati.com captured Dusty Baker's thoughts.
- Jean Segura's triple Sunday was the Brewers' 40th of the season. That's the most they've had in a year since 1996. (h/t @joe_block)
- Yesterday's game was the first time Sean Halton has played third base in the majors (h/t @AdamMcCalvy), and only his second professional appearance there. (h/t @Mass_Haas)
- Halton was also hit by a pitch yesterday, and it was the 99th of Bronson Arroyo's career. Plunk Everyone has more on the accomplishment.
- Speaking of HBPs, on Saturday Johnny Hellweg became the eleventh pitcher in franchise history to hit three batters in a game. The last Brewer to do it was Randy Wolf in 2011.
- The Brewers estimated the distance of Joey Votto's home run off the foul pole on Saturday at 470 feet, which would make it the fourth longest blast in Miller Park history (h/t @AdamMcCalvy). Hit Tracker estimated it at 410, so there's a bit of a disparity there. The video is pretty inconclusive.
- @AdamMcCalvy has a photo of Brandon Phillips high fiving Yuniesky Betancourt to record the out on a bunt attempt on Saturday.
- Scooter Gennett went 2-for-10 this weekend, with both hits coming on Saturday. He's still our reigning Brewer of the Week.
- This weekend's Sausage Race winners were Chorizo, Italian (I was there, trust me on this one) and Polish.
Let's wrap up the Reds series with a look at this weekend's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker:
|Friday||No home runs|
|Saturday||No home runs|
|Sunday||Caleb Gindl||389 feet|
|Sunday||Sean Halton||403 feet|
The Brewers continue the final homestand of 2013 with a four-game series against the Cubs this week, starting with Wily Peralta taking on Edwin Jackson tonight. Jeremy Warnemuende has the MLB.com preview.
Tonight's game could be the first in a few days for Aramis Ramirez, who left Friday's game after taking a pitch off his wrist. He told Adam McCalvy he expects to be back in the lineup tonight. With Ramirez sitting out, Khris Davis batted cleanup on Saturday and Carlos Gomez hit there yesterday.
The Brewers will have one more coach in uniform for tonight's game and the rest of the season: Huntsville Stars manager Darnell Coles joined the team yesterday (h/t @AdamMcCalvy). Coles was a 14-year big leaguer as a member of eight organizations and has managed four seasons in the minors, including 2012 and 2013 with the Stars.
We will not, however, be seeing the newest Brewer. The Crew claimed reliever Jose De La Torre off waivers from the Red Sox on Friday but assigned him to Helena. Adam McCalvy has a scouting report on JDLT and reports that he won't pitch for Helena in their championship series or the Brewers anymore this season.
We won't see Tom Gorzelanny pitch tonight either, but we may see him again before the end of the season. He told Adam McCalvy his goal is to get back into at least one game to show his sore shoulder is back to 100%.
Brewers were on base 12 times yesterday, but the team still has a .312 OBP on the season. That's the tenth best mark in the National League. On Saturday @BadgerTom1 noted that the Brewers were dead last in all of baseball in pitches seen this season.
Carlos Gomez drew a couple of walks yesterday but also struck out twice, pushing his line to .286/.348/.357 in September. He told Adam McCalvy he's not frustrated by his recent struggles. He also drove in all five Brewer runs on Friday.
With 14 games to play, the Brewers currently project to select sixth overall in the 2014 MLB draft. They're a game better than the #5 drafting Twins and half a game worse than the #7 Mariners.
With the baseball season wrapping up, pretty soon we're all going to have a lot of time on our hands. Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio is already there, so he made a map of every Tavern of the Game from a Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcast this season.
The more taverns you visit, the better looking this Brewer team gets. Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation considered the cases of all 30 teams and listed the Brewers as baseball's 13th least likable.
In the minors:
- The Helena Brewers trail 1-0 in their best-of-three Pioneer League championship series after losing 2-1 on Saturday night. morineko has the recap, if you missed it. The series continues at home tonight.
- For many of the Brewers' other young minor leaguers the instructional league season kicks off today in Arizona. Adam McCalvy has a look at what's going on in Maryvale and a full roster.
If you weren't around the site this weekend you might have missed JP's look at what we learned last week. There's been a fair amount going on over the last few days and that's the best weekly roundup you'll find.
Padres: Outfielder Mark Kotsay plans to retire following the season.
Pirates: Pitcher James McDonald has refused an outright assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
Rockies: First baseman Todd Helton plans to retire following the season.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Pirates took three of four from the Cubs this weekend in a series where the four games were decided by a combined five runs. Pittsburgh won 3-2 yesterday on Justin Morneau's eighth inning RBI single.
- The Cardinals took two of three from the Mariners and finished the series emphatically with a 12-2 win yesterday. Yadier Molina had four hits, including a home run, and scored three times.
- The Brewers, as you likely know, completed a series win over the Reds with a win yesterday.
You can read more about those games and all of yesterday's action in the Monday edition of Around the Bases at SBNation.com.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Pirates||87||62||--||v SDP||6:05p||A.J. Burnett v Andrew Cashner|
|Cardinals||87||62||--||@ COL||7:40p||Lance Lynn v Collin McHugh|
|Reds||84||66||3.5||@ HOU||7:10p||Johnny Cueto v Erik Bedard|
|Brewers||65||83||21.5||v CHC||7:10p||Wily Peralta v Edwin Jackson|
Today in former Brewers:
- Ned Yost continues to be a flat tire on the Royals' playoff bandwagon, and Rany Jazayerli has a recap of his most recent blunder.
- Shaun Marcum isn't happy with the Mets' TV announcers for identifying a hit batsman as intentional.
The Nationals host the NL East-leading Braves tonight, and I'll be curious to see if catcher Wilson Ramos is in the lineup for Washington. He's started 23 consecutive games behind the plate, which is the longest streak in the majors this season. Ramos has missed most of the last two seasons with knee and hamstring injuries.
Today in sabermetrics: Mike Bates of SBNation.com used the case of his grandmother, a longtime Twins fan, to demonstrate how pushing too hard with the stats movement can alienate lifelong fans of the game.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the first anniversary of Ryan Braun's 200th and 201st home runs. Here are today's other bits of history:
- Today is Robin Yount's 58th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 48 career HBP are the second most ever for a player born on September 16.
- Today is also 1973-76 Brewer Ed Sprague Sr.'s 68th birthday, and his 17 career plunkings are the fifth most ever for a pitcher born on this day.
Now, if you'll excuse me, the mail is here.