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Thursday's Frosty Mug

So...4-0 in Sabathia starts. 6-0 since the All-Star Break. BP Postseason Odds says the Brewers' postseason chances have gone up 35.7% in the last 7 days. Baseball Musings says the Cubs are collapsing. Drink your Frosty Mug with cautious optimism.

Win Expectancy Graph
BR Box Score

As The Brew Town Beat notes, Carsten Charles was (once again) in charge last night.

Mike Pagliarulo of Dugout Central is ready to crown Doug Melvin GM of the Year.

I'm a few days behind on this one, but over at Josh Flickinger compares the 2008 Brewers to the 1992 variety...and finds they have nothing in common.

The Derrick Turnbow saga continues. He's been sent back to Phoenix for tests and rehab after he didn't feel right coming back from the All-Star Break.

Everybody loves power rankings, right?
Bugs and Cranks has the Brewers at 8th (last week, also 8th) and offers some ridiculous advice.
Riding the Pine ranks the Brewers 5th (last week, 9th).

The Transaction Oracle is a few days behind the curve, and reviewed the Durham trade yesterday. They project him at .253/.342/.395 and offer the best description of his defense I've seen:
If he's not hitting well, Weeks's defense becomes tough to stomach and while Durham's defense looks like someone being beat to death with a butternut squash (TRANSACTION ORACLE SIMILE-METAPHOR MACHINE BROKEN), he's bringing some offense to the table.
Looking for a trip down bullpen memory lane? No less than 4 former Brewers (but no current ones) make Recondite Baseball's Top 20 in career Vulture Wins.

On injuries:

Nats 3B Aaron Boone is not recovering as expected from a calf strain and will undergo an MRI.
Tim Hudson left last night's game after 6 innings with elbow tightness.
Chipper Jones left last night's game in the fourth inning with a hamstring injury.

I can't decide if this is a drop in the bucket or an unprecedented reaction to violations involving the draft, but Major League Baseball fined the Cubs $500,000. It's also worth noting that I've never seen confirmation of what the Cubs actually did to merit the fine.

Rockin' the Red asks if Kyle Lohse will be a Type A free agent. He's gone 12-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 134.1 IP. If that's not a Type A free agent, there aren't many out there.

Here's a downer for your Thursday morning: Shin-Soo Choo is having the best year of his career in Cleveland, but still faces two years of military service in South Korea, starting in 2010 at the latest. Playing in the Olympics could have earned him an exemption, but he's ineligible because he's on a big league roster and out of options.

But, if it makes him (or you) feel any better, the Padres are like a busty redhead. I'm not sure I get it.

Remember last week, when I mentioned the Cardinals were hiring in their player development department, and jobs like that don't come along very often? The Nationals have proven my point by posting a much less interesting job.

Oh, and as promised, here's my Flickr page with pictures of Gorman's first two weeks at home.

Drink up.