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Some things to read while the sausages run the Preakness.

The Brewers are (mercifully?) off today, giving us a day to ponder Ken Macha's future. Batting Corey Patterson in the leadoff spot was the last straw for Brewers Daily, and Keep Turning Up the Heat doesn't understand his decision-making process with Mat Gamel. I'm not quite ready to call for Macha's head...but right now I wouldn't be disappointed if he were let go.

Keith Law has spent the last three days at Miller Park, and was disappointed by Macha's decision to use Gamel as a pinch hitter, then remove him before he actually got to bat. He also had some thoughts on Jason Kendall, Corey Patterson, and several interesting musical selections.

This probably wasn't the best week to watch a Brewer homestand, as the Brewers were dominated by Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright once again. With Wainwright's performance yesterday, the Brewers scored just one run in 39.1 innings pitched by Wainwright and Carpenter at Miller Park this season.

Brewer pitchers have actually only allowed 22 runs (slightly more than 3 per game) over the last seven games, but the bats have been shut down, and almost any bats could be shut down by the pitchers the Brewers have faced recently. Take a look back at the last nine days' opponents:

Joel Pineiro (14-9, 3.28)
Chris Carpenter (16-3, 2.16)
John Smoltz (1-1, 3.27 in the NL)
Barry Zito (9-12, 3.99)
Matt Cain (13-4, 2.51)
Jonathan Sanchez (6-11, 4.03)
Carpenter again
Smoltz again
Adam Wainwright (18-7, 2.59)

The Brewers have faced four starting pitchers with an ERA under 2.60 and just one with an ERA over 4.00 in the last nine games. It's probably not surprising they only won two of them.

With Derek Jeter tying Lou Gehrig for the Yankees' franchise lead in career hits, Baseball Digest Daily has a look at each franchise's active hits leader. Prince Fielder leads all current Brewers with 649, good for 21st most all time. If he picks up 19 more hits in 2009, he'll pass Dave May, Ted Simmons and Bill Hall for 18th place.

In the minors:

  • The Pioneer League season continues through the end of the week, and in what might be his final rookie league start, Eric Arnett pitched his longest professional outing yesterday, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings. He'll likely start 2009 in Wisconsin, but could feasibly be fast-tracked to Brevard County if he gets off to a good start.
  • Speaking of Wisconsin, Brock Kjeldgaard wrote himself into the Timber Rattler record books this season by striking out 172 times, most in team history. He also finished in the all-time top ten in games, home runs, RBI, total bases and walks. Kjeldgaard set a Pioneer League record by striking out 113 times for Helena last season.

The Brewers dropped two spots to 20th in MLB FanHouse's Power Rankings.

Around baseball:

Giants: Designated reliever Osiris Matos for assignment.
Phillies: Released Rodrigo Lopez.
Rockies: Designated Adam Eaton for assignment.

Joe Posnanski stumbled across a pretty fascinating stat this week: David DeJesus, who leads the Royals in walks, would be ninth on the Dodgers. A little plate discipline goes a long way.

A little water damage goes a long way, too. Less than one year after completing construction, the Mets are already battling water damage in suites at Citi Field, along with a host of other constructional and structural issues. Some franchises stretch their curses out over decades: The Mets are getting it all in 2009.

On this day in 1973, Jim Colborn pitched a complete game and led the Brewers to a 6-5 victory over the Tigers. It was the Brewers' 70th win, the first time in the franchise's five year history they'd reached thay mark. They went 4-15 the rest of the way to finish at 74-88.

I don't have any birthdays today, unless it's your birthday: In that case, happy birthday to you.

Oh, and the next time you're trying to take a family photo, you may want to check the background for donkeys.

Drink up.