Some things to read while getting tested together.
Casey McGehee returns home tonight after a pretty good series in St. Louis, hitting .455/.462/1.091 with two home runs in three days. Adam McCalvy's game preview for today focuses on McGehee and his possible roles in 2010.
It very rarely seems to come up in conversation, but McGehee might be the Brewers' biggest "sell high" candidate not named Prince Fielder. He's coming off a huge, unexpected year, could be due for a sophomore slump, is playing on a sore knee and the 2010 Brewers don't really have a spot for him, at least on paper. With that said, his value is very high right now, especially when you consider the fact that he's still two full seasons away from being arbitration eligible. He could probably net some very nice pieces in a trade, and if I was Doug Melvin I'd at least have to consider it.
Not everyone was happy after the Brewers' win yesterday. Even before the game, David Weathers was complaining about being removed mid-inning. (FanShot) And if you saw yesterday's game, you saw him scream an obscenity into his glove after being removed mid-inning again.
Mike Cameron's willingness to take less money to return to Milwaukee was the major topic around the Brewer blogosphere yesterday. Miller Park Drunk, The Bucky Channel and Keep Turning Up the Heat all think Cameron should return for the 2010 season. Meanwhile, the Yankees tried to acquire Cameron before the Sept 1. deadline, but talks didn't go anywhere.
Dave Bush will see a doctor regarding "dull pain" in his triceps, and his ability to make his next start is in question. Bush seems to believe it's just scar tissue breaking up, but we'll see. Chris Narveson might get a start or two in Bush's place if he can't go. After getting lit up in his first couple of appearances, Narveson has posted a 1.88 ERA in his last ten outings.
Even if Dave Bush is done for the season, we'll always remember 2009 as the season he vaulted into HBP history. Plunk Everyone has a plethora of factoids about Bush's beanings.
It's been a while since I've plugged the BCB Twitter. If you hang out in the Tweetosphere, you should follow us. And if you're interested in the Brewer minor league affiliates, now you can also follow the Timber Rattlers and Sounds.
On Power Rankings:
- Yahoo moved the Brewers up one spot to 18th.
- The Crew held steady at #22 in Beyond the Box Score's rankings.
Brian Anderson seems to offer a lot of inane chatter at times during Brewer games, but is he that much chattier than the average pbp guy? A Wall Street Journal study suggests Anderson says roughly 96 words per minute during Brewer broadcasts, the seventh highest total in all of baseball. Former Brewer announcer Daron Sutton was fifth. (h/t Crawfish Boxes)
Oh, and if you've been waiting with bated breath for your Jason Kendall bobblehead, here's the info on how you can get it.
I only have one note for the "Around baseball" section today:
Phillies: Designated reliever Steven Register and outfielder Joel Naughton for assignment.
If I had known about this earlier, I probably wouldn't have gone anyway. With that said, it's pretty cool that someone was able to put together a Seattle Pilots reunion this week with eleven players from the ill-fated expansion team. (h/t SABR Twitter)
If the Brewers decide not to retain Jason Kendall this offseason, they'll likely need a replacement for his "calls a good game" ability. After guiding Brad Penny through a successful debut as a Giant, Eli Whiteside earned that accolade.
I'm not even sure how to lead into this one. A Rays employee planted a fake bomb at Tropicana Field as a practical joke. The joke wasn't all that funny, but his future job prospects are laughable.
Last year's Rays grew mohawks as a sign of team unity, but that pales in comparison to Peter Moylan's Rally Head, which I hope catches on.
On this day in 2007, Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 40th save as the Brewers beat the Astros 5-3. Cordero's 40th save set a new franchise record. He finished the season with 44.
Happy birthday today to Paul Householder, who appeared in 121 games for the Brewers in 1985 and 1986 and turns 51, and to Luis Lopez, who spent 2000 and 2001 as a Brewer and turns 39.