The first update of All-Star voting results for the National League came out yesterday. It wasn't surprising that the Brewers weren't leading at any position this year. However, what was surprising is that no Brewers were listed among the top five (or top 15 for the outfield) at any position in the update. Usually, the Brewers have enough support that players will appear in the top five of their position even if they're not having a good year. This time, there's nothing on the update.
It does make sense that the Brewers wouldn't be in today's update for a few reasons. First of all, the team has the worst record in baseball, and that by itself will drag down support of the team. Second, the Brewers haven't had anyone playing well enough to get attention outside of Milwaukee. Jonathan Lucroy has missed most of the season with an injury. Adam Lind had a nice start to the season but has cooled down since. Scooter Gennett dealt with injuries, was struggling at the plate, and was sent to the minors. Jean Segura has missed time with an injury. Aramis Ramirez has been off to a slow start. Khris Davis has struggled to start this year. Carlos Gomez missed a few weeks with an injury. Ryan Braun just started playing better in the last week or two. While we may see one or two players jump into the top five (or top 15) in a future update, the players are so far behind now that any Brewers representatives will come from either the players' vote or as a manager's choice.
Meanwhile, the stadium troubles for the Biloxi Shuckers continue. They had begun selling tickets with the hope of being ready for a June 6 opening. However, that was officially struck down when the mayor of Biloxi said that the city will not pay the cost to accelerate construction for a June 6 opening. No date has been set for the new home opener, but the construction company has until August 4 to complete the project. Assuming that the park could host games right after that, it would put a home opener date of August 7 on the park, with only 20 home games at the park this year (plus any playoff games they would get, if that happens).
What does that mean for the Shuckers? In the immediate future, it means Biloxi will continue to play on the road for a while. Arrangements haven't been made for any additional neutral-site games, or games to be played in Huntsville. The 55 game road trip could be a 110 game road trip when all is said and done. An earlier opening date is still possible, but not assured in any way. For now, the Shuckers are stuck without a true home, and will continue to be the road warriors they have been so far this year.
The current losing streak reached five games following yesterday's loss. Mike Fiers came in and gave the Brewers a short start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs, eight hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Michael Blazek and Jonathan Broxton combined for three scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run in the ninth. However, the Brewers offense was held in check, limited to one run and six hits, all off of Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants bullpen pitched three perfect innings to lock down a sweep for the Giants.
Brewers News & Notes
- With the Brewers searching for a starter to fill the fifth spot in the rotation, Derek has an idea: The Brewers should claim Eric Stults, who was recently designated for assignment by the Dodgers. The Brewers faced Stults once this season in an 11-0 victory over the Braves.
- On Tuesday, a comment Carlos Gomez yelled at himself led to a staring match between Gomez and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. This brought back the unwritten rules into the spotlight, and Grant Brisbee of SB Nation breaks down what happened and what the appropriate reactions should have been.
- For those of you who can deal with the complete lunacy that is the comments section of many other websites (not BCB), Bend Sheets has brought back his comments of the week feature in the FanPosts.
- How hard is it to get a hug from Khris Davis? Apparently not that hard, all you need is a sign asking for one. Meanwhile, Noah is sitting somewhere trying to contain his jealousy and regret for not bringing a sign when the Brewers were in New York.
- Brandon Curry of Brewers.com notes that the Brewers are still undecided about who will start in Peralta's spot in the near future. We should have an indication soon, as the top two candidates, Tyler Thornburg and Taylor Jungmann, are scheduled to start the next two games for Colorado Springs. Jungmann is scheduled to start tonight and Thornburg scheduled for tomorrow.
- Could a quick flip for Luis Sardinas be in the future for the Brewers? Justin Schultz of The First Out At Third argues that with Orlando Arcia playing well in the minors and Jean Segura manning shortstop for the time being, a trade of Sardinas may be in the Brewers best interests.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||17-28||Colorado Springs 11, Las Vegas 1||Colorado Springs @ Las Vegas|
|Biloxi Shuckers||AA||28-18||Biloxi 8, Chattanooga 6||Biloxi @ Chattanooga|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||18-27||Charlotte 3, Brevard County 2||Charlotte @ Brevard County|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||13-34||Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 3||Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids|
News & Notes
- Alex M. Smith of MLB.com lists Orlando Arcia as one of the top performers in the minors yesterday. He went 3-for-6 with a home run in yesterday's win for the Shuckers.
- In preparation for the draft, Miller Park Prospects updated their list of the top 40 prospects in the Brewers organization.
- Michael Trzinski of Reviewing the Brew has a farm report for the Brevard County Manatees.
NL Central Update
Today's Division Games
- Pirates (AJ Burnett) @ Padres (Ian Kennedy) - 9:10 pm
- Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds all have the day off.
- The Angels designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment.
- The Cardinals announced that first baseman Matt Adams will undergo surgery on his injured quadriceps on Friday and will be out for three to four months.
- The Dodgers designated Sergio Santos for assignment.
- The Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers for cash considerations. They also recalled pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.
The Brewers have the day off. They return to the field tomorrow to start a three game series against the Diamondbacks.