- We kicked off the voting for the MVBrewers series on Friday. Jonathan Lucroy has a commanding lead over the rest of the field, but you still have a couple of hours to get your vote in.
- Ron Roenicke may use players speed a lot, but it's nothing compared to what some teams used to do. Over in the FanPosts, nullacct looks at one Brewers team that ran all the time.
- Zach Duke is set to be a free agent after the World Series, but could the Brewers try to bring him back? Steven Jewell of Reviewing the Brew looks at the free agent profile of the left-handed reliever.
- Did you know that there are a bunch of former Brewers on the Royals? Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com looks at the former Brewers on the Royals and how they have developed.
- Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that as Bug Selig prepares for his final World Series as MLB Commissioner, one of the things he is most proud of is achieving MLB labor peace.
- Will another NL Central team (other than the Cardinals) make the World Series anytime soon? Bill Berg of Reviewing the Brew asks that after another year where an NL Central team won't play for the title.
- Over on Reviewing the Brew, Michael Trzinski continued their series on the best farm teams in Brewers history with the 1990 Stockton Ports.
World Series Game 1 is on October 21.
News & Notes
- The Game 1 starters have been announced, and it will be Madison Bumgarner facing James Shields to kick it off tomorrow night.
- The umpire lineups have also been announced for the series. Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief, and Mark Townsend of Big League Stew notes that partially due to the replay system, four umpires will make their World Series debuts. One of those umpires is Eric Cooper, who was so emotional from the call that he had pull over to the side of the road while driving.
- How was Travis Ishikawa able to hit his series-winning home run? Justin Schultz of Beyond the Box Score analyzes the at-bat that led to the defining moment.
- While the Giants are prepping for the World Series, one pitcher is still waiting for his chance to pitch. In something we wouldn't have expected to hear a few years ago, Tim Lincecum has still not pitched for the Giants this postseason.
- If you're in San Francisco, don't expect to hear the Lorde song "Royals" for a while. Mark Townsend notes that San Francisco radio stations have banned it from play during the World Series. (Meanwhile, don't be surprised if you hear it played all the time in Kansas City for a while.)
- How many games would it take for the actual best team in baseball to truly win? Daniel Meyer of Beyond the Box Score runs the numbers to find out how many games it would take.