Some things to read while wearing unnecessarily dangerous hats and vests.
Well, I'm married, honeymooned and moved, and I think I'm finally ready to be back. Thanks to Jordan for filling in on the Mug in my absence, and to all the site's contributors and mods who posted in my absence. It doesn't look like the site missed a beat while I was gone, which is great to see.
Unfortunately, the are 4-9 since I left on my honeymoon, and 0-3 since I've moved into my new house. I've started putting things back in boxes.
As I'm sure you know, the Brewers' starting pitchers haven't been very good lately. FanGraphs notes that Brewer pitchers posted a 6.08 FIP last week, and five different pitchers posted ERAs over 10. Meanwhile, will likely be pushed back a few days, or could skip a start entirely to recover from arm fatigue.
Who will take Dave Bush's spot in the rotation? Tyler Mass handicaps the favorites over at Right Field Bleachers. appears to be the early favorite. I doubt consideration will be given to (who has only made one start in AAA) or (don't mess with a good thing in the bullpen), but is already lined up to start Thursday, so he could also be an option.
At least looked pretty good on Sunday. He also ranks eleventh in Baseball Analysts' list of pitchers ranked by strikeouts per 100 pitches. ranks 90th out of 98 pitchers listed.
The Brewers close out interleague play with a three game series against the Twins starting tonight, but don't expect it to be the end of the line for . Anthony Witrado says Gamel is getting comfortable in the big leagues and the team appears committed to keeping him around.
, meanwhile, simply continues to produce. Adam McCalvy has a look at Fielder's consistency, and notices that Fielder has not gone more than three games without an RBI this season.
It seems increasingly likely that the Brewers will make a move to strengthen their playoff chances, but how much money can they spend? Jon Heyman lists them among ten teams that could add payroll, but I'm not sure they could add much, as they were already claiming they were out of money before giving $5 million to months ago.
I still think it's too early to start discussing the Wild Card, but MLB FanHouse notices that the Brewers are tied with the for the lead in the race for the final playoff spot, and five teams are within 2.5 games of it.
Meanwhile, in power rankings:
- WhatifSports dropped the Brewers six spots to fourteenth.
- Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star dropped the Brewers from seventh to twelfth.
Around the league:
Angels: Placed on the DL with triceps inflammation.
Mets: Placed on the DL with a bone bruise on his right knee, designated infielder Wilson Valdez and minor league pitcher Connor Robertson for assignment and released Javier Valentin, Wily Mo Pena and Bobby Kielty from minor league deals.
Phillies: Will place on the DL with an oblique strain.
Pirates: Designated for assignment after he showed a lack of hustle.
Rays: 's knee injury was not as bad as previously thought, and he could be back in 6-8 weeks following an arthroscopic procedure.
Yankees: is expected to make his next start after being pulled in the second inning of his last start with arm soreness.
This is how you know your infield situation is pretty bad: Lookout Landing crunched the numbers and discovered that the may actually be better off starting veteran journeyman at shortstop. Woodward spent 2008 in Nashville.
Where would the Mariners be without ? The USA Today has a profile of Branyan and his breakout season, and Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes that Branyan is on past to collect the least RBI ever accumulated by a 40 home run hitter.
On top of making all the roster moves listed above, the had another reason to panic yesterday, as and a team trainer were rear ended by a fire truck on their way to an appointment with Reyes' doctor. Everyone is ok, thankfully.
Oh, and today is a Woot-off day.