Your NL All Star starting lineup: SS Hanley Ramirez, Fla 2B Chase Utley, Phil 1B Lance Berkman, Hou DH Albert Pujols, Stl 3B Chipper Jones, Atl RF Matt Holliday, Col LF Ryan Braun, Mil CF Kosuke Fukudome, Chi C Geovany Soto, Chi RHP Ben Sheets, Mil
It's Insider-only, so I can only read the top part of the article (anyone have access to the rest?) but he points out: "There is a team among the National League Central contenders with a distinct scheduling advantage: The Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee has 67 games remaining, and of those, just 23 are against teams with records of .500 or better so far this season, by far the fewest in the division. Home games remaining: 33."
Sheets will start, but there's no word yet on whether Sabathia will be added to the team to start at DH.
He's no Ben Sheets.
"I've heard a new name as a possibility to be the player to be named in the CC Sabathia deal with Milwaukee. He's Jonathan Lucroy, a 22-year-old catcher who was the Brewers' third-round pick in 2007. He was just promoted from Class A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League to Class A Brevard County of the Florida State League. In those two combined places, he's hitting .321 with 14 HR and 49 RBI in 302 at-bats. For his pro career (all in Class A) heading into the weekend, he is a .327 hitter with 18 HR and 88 RBI in 535 at-bats, good for a .902 OPS." Hat tip to kwoog at Let's Go Tribe.
First major league game and Ted Lilly fouls a ball off his noggin, fracturing his skull. Thankfully doctors think he'll recover. That had to be scary.