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So, I took the day off yesterday to catch a game in Milwaukee, only my second of the season, but arrived to find a starting outfield of Frank Catalanotto, Corey Patterson and Jody Gerut, with Patterson, who has no business being on a major league roster, leading off. Rotoworld cited Patterson's presence in the leadoff spot as a suggestion that Ken Macha "either has no idea how runs are scored or he simply doesn't care any longer." Patterson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a GIDP in the ninth. Miller Park Drunk has ten links that should tell you everything you need to know about him.

At one point in the early innings, I turned to TheJay and said, "If ever there was a lineup begging to be no hit, it's this one." I think yesterday's lineup is right up there with the one Justin Verlander no-hit in 2007. Thankfully Jody Gerut was able to drop a double into left field. Brewer Paradise Lost thinks the Brewers should save a few million by allowing him to replace Mike Cameron in center field next season.

Of course, Carpenter hasn't needed much help to dominate the Brewers this season. As a team, the Crew has hit .173 against him and scored three runs in 23 innings.

At least Dave Bush pitched pretty well. He also hit Yadier Molina with a pitch, regaining a tie for the NL HBP lead.

Ryan Braun got a day off yesterday, but their appears to be a difference of opinion on the need and/or reason for it. Either way, expect Braun to start tonight against John Smoltz.

Fans in attendance tonight should also expect to see Corey Hart, who will be activated from the DL sometime today. After being held hitless in his first couple of days with Nashville, Hart collected five hits in the last two days, including a home run.

They should not expect to see Mike Cameron, however. Cameron strained his hamstring during a pinch hit appearance on Saturday and is expected to be out until Friday at the earliest.

Of course, the Brewers' reaction to Prince Fielder's walkoff home run on Sunday continues to pour in. If you haven't seen it yet (really?), here's a link to the video. I've added a new poll to the sidebar asking for your opinion, but here are some others: Meanwhile, there's a debate going on about Fielder's "clutchiness." In a note on the walkoff, David Pinto of Baseball Musings mentioned that Fielder doesn't hit many home runs late in games. Cyril Morong responded by crunching the numbers to show that Fielder's home run rate in the late innings is about on pace with the rest of baseball.

All the hubbub over the celebration overshadowed the Brewers' first triple play since 1999, and a great effort from both Braden Looper (who allowed one run over seven innings) and the bullpen (five pitchers each threw one scoreless inning to take the game to the 12th). One would think Looper would have plenty to tweet about, but his Twitter page has been inactive since his first Tweet on August 6.

For the last couple of days, the Brewer pitchers have finally held up their end of the 2009 bargain. UmpBump has the Brewers' WAR Pie from 2009, and it's pretty light on pitching contributions. Adam McCalvy wonders how much the Brewers miss former pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Meanwhile, the Brewers have added another reliever to the bullpen, calling up John Axford from AAA (FanShot) and releasing Jesus Colome to make room for him on the 40 man roster (FanShot). Aside from getting hurt, I'm not sure what Colome did to merit his release. David Pinto says they're tempting eternal damnation.

For the next few days, the Brewers will only go as far as the bottom half of their rotation can carry them. Yovani Gallardo is going to skip a start in an effort to keep his innings down this season. Thursday's day off means the Brewers can use a four man rotation for two turns and bring Gallardo back on his regular day against the Cubs next week.

Alcides Escobar was one of many Brewers to have a rough day yesterday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Has your opinion on his 2010 outlook changed at all? Brewers Daily doesn't think he's the right choice for this team.

Again, there's no excuse for cheering against the Brewers at this point, but there is an upside when they lose: Andy Seiler's updated draft projections have the Brewers picking 13th.

In the minors: On Power Rankings: Around baseball:

Cubs: Claimed pitcher Thomas Diamond off waivers from the Rangers.
Rockies: Released Russ Ortiz.
Yankees: Released catcher Kevin Cash.

Things could always be worse. Remember when the Brewers used to be consistently mentioned in the same breath as the Pirates? They clinched their 17th straight losing season yesterday.

I complained a lot about yesterday's lineup, and continue to do it today, but at one point BrewHaHeather turned to me and made an excellent point: "Would you really rather have Bill Hall in there?" Hall has looked a little better at times as a Mariner, but is still one of just five players in baseball this season with at least 200 at bats and more strikeouts than total bases.

Former Brewer farmhand Michael Brantley is having a pretty good September, and has hit safely in each of his first six games. The all time record for hitting streaks to start a career belongs to Juan Pierre, who hit in 16 straight in August of 2000. A hit in his next game would tie Trent Durrington and dozens of others for the 34th longest streak in major league history.

One more "could be worse" note: Aramark, the food services company that has found itself in hot water multiple times over labor issues, is also bad luck for several teams who use them. The Brewers do not.

On this day in 1999, three Brewer pitchers appeared in the game (Hideo Nomo, Mike Myers and David Weathers), and each allowed a home run to Steve Finley as the D-Backs beat the Brewers 9-1.

Happy birthday today to Mike Rivera, who turns 33. Hopefully he'll get the start tonight.

Drink up.