Well, it was still Opening Day, though not the one we were hoping for. The Brewers managed to get to Madison Bumgarner, getting three runs off of him, including home runs from Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Villar. However, the Giants got to Wily Peralta more, as he allowed five runs in four innings of work. The bullpen wasn't better off as Carlos Torres allowed two runs, and Ariel Pena allowed five.
Brewers News & Notes
Links from BCB
- As Opening Day kicked off yesterday, Travis wrote a love letter to the game of baseball.
- With Opening Day here, the finalized payroll of 2016 is now set. Derek Harvey looks at the roster and payroll as Opening Day begins.
- Not sure when to plan activities in 2016? I've got a guide for you that should help you plan your life for the 2016 season.
- The fifth FanPost Question of the Week is now active, with Derek asking you to make your bold predictions for the 2016 season. We've already got one submission, with eddiematthews making his picks.
Other Brewers News and Notes
- It was a rough first game for the Brewers yesterday. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com has some quotes from manager Craig Counsell and a few players following the loss.
- Scooter Gennett may have earned himself another chance against left-handed pitchers with his start yesterday. Adam McCalvy notes has some stats from StatCast on Gennett's home run, as well as quotes from Gennett and Counsell about his playing time.
- The Brewers put together a historic Opening Day lineup yesterday. Chris Haft of MLB.com notes that it is the first time in MLB history that both teams in a game had their pitchers bat eighth on Opening Day.
- News about Matt Garza got worse yesterday, as his shoulder had not improved. Adam McCalvy reports that Garza will miss his start and Jungmann will instead pitch on Wednesday.
- Carrying on their grandfather's tradition of singining the National Anthem on Opening Day, Mike and Dan Attanasio sang it prior to yesterday's game. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com spoke with them following the experience.
- With the rebuilding season starting, the team that took the field was much different than the one from last year. Christina Kahrl of ESPN.com writes that management is ready for the development process to begin and that they still have fan support for the rebuild.
- The weather didn't stop many fans from getting to the game early and tailgating. Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that many fans still made the trip to tailgate on Opening DAy despite the cold wather.
- What will happen to the money the Brewers are saving with a reduced payroll this year? Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that money saved this year will be useable in the future.
- Justin Schultz of The First Out at Third has his hitter projections and pitcher projections out for the 2016 season.
- As the season begins, Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar has ten questions for the 2016 season.
- Wondering what that song is that you heard at Opening Day yesterday? Cait Covers the Bases has the full list of walk-up and entrance music for every player.
Minor League Update
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News & Notes
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has a preview of the Sky Sox upcoming season. He also has a scouting report on Colin Walsh as he make his first Opening Day roster.
NL Central Update
Yesterday’s Division Games
- Reds 6, Phillies 2
- Cubs 9, Angels 0
Today's Division Games
- Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @ Pirates (Jon Niese) - 6:05 pm
- Cubs (Jon Lester) @ Angels (Andrew Heaney) - 9:05 pm
- The Cardinals placed outfielder Tommy Pham on the 15-day DL with a strained rib cage muscle.
- The Indians selected the contract of RHP Joba Chamberlain and designated outfielder James ROney for assignment.
- Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray was scratched from his Opening Day start due to food poisoning.
- Weather ended up delaying two Opening Days yesterday, as both the Red Sox-Indians and Astros-Yankees openers were postponed to Tuesday.
- Cuban second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez has been officially declared a free agent and is free to sign with any team now and will not count against bonus pools.
- With smokeless tobacco bans going up in many cities and potentially entire states, MLB is facing a battle with the players' association if players choose not to follow the bans. Nathaniel Grow of FanGraphs explains why MLB would have a problem trying to punish players who don't follow smokeless tobacco laws.
The Brewers attempt to get their first win of the season this evening at Miller Park. Jimmy Nelson will face Johnny Cueto in the second game of the season. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.