Round ’em Up: Wednesday

9 04 2008

After sweating out another extra innings thriller last night, I needed the morning to catch my breath.  No worries though, I have done so, and the Crew is holding first place all by their lonesome in the NL Central.  It’s a beautiful sight to behold.  Let’s see what we’ve got today:

  • Ryan Braun‘s agent, Nez Balelo, is visiting Milwaukee today to talk about a long-term contract extension.  I’m thinking the Crew will need to offer up a bit more than the $30M contract Troy Tulowitzki got during the off-season.  I’ve said this many times and I feel like a broken record, but I think Ryan will be signing a contract within the next couple weeks.  Prince Fielder will not.
  • This may be one of the stupidest things I have ever heard.  No offense to Bill Hall, but why would you decide not to wear contacts last season if you could not see?  He says that it has made a world of difference thus far in the ’08 season (which I may call into question because of his 12 strikeouts).  Either way, being able to see is fairly important.  I approve, Bill.
  • Tom Haudricourt has another article that talks about the whole feud with Francisco Cordero during the off-season.  Coco claims there are no hard feelings towards the Brewers.  Well, it would be fairly difficult to hate the Brewers since they gave Coco the opportunity to close again.  He wouldn’t have gotten that chance in Texas.  On some level, he owes Milwaukee…not the other way around like he thought.
  • The Yost Infection talks about the closing situation in Milwaukee.
  • Jim Powell has another blog post up talking about the game last night.  On a side note, I agree with his comments about the retractable roof on Miller Park.  There are tons of ballparks that want to have some type of allegiance to the game by building an open-air stadium.  That’s fine, I suppose, in Arizona.  That is not the wisest choice in Chicago or Minneapolis.  I love being able to buy tickets to a Brewers game and know that it will not get rained out.  If it’s beautiful outside, it will be an open air park.  If it is not, however, the roof will be closed.  The best of both worlds right there.  I cannot figure out why more teams cannot understand that.
  • No Bias Baseball has their first 2008 Power Rankings installment of the season.  The Milwaukee Brewers are in third place and first place, respectively.  That just makes my eyes light up when I see that.
  • RealGM Baseball also has their Power Rankings posted.  The Milwaukee Brewers are first on this list, which is great, but the rankings lose credibility when I see the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles in second and third spot, respectively.  If they are just basing their rankings on records, I could have just gone to MLB.com and looked at the standings.
  • Now it’s time for my favorite post of the day.  The Baseball Savant figured out the final records if teams were to continue on their current trends.  The Milwaukee Brewers would win the NL Central with a record of 132-30.  Wouldn’t that be great?!

    The start of the 2008 season has been supremely interesting.  If the first week and a half were to be expanded throughout the whole season, the Blue Jays, Athletics, and Royals would be the division winners in the AL.  THAT is interesting!

  • The Sports Bubbler continues looking at the Brewers prospects that have something to prove.  Today, the category examined is a lack of power.  Some of the usual suspects are on this list, like Alcides Escobar and Cole Gillespie.  The most surprising name on the list?  Try Mat Gamel.  I would not have guessed that in a million years.  Their rationale makes sense though.  Give it a look!
  • Johnny Estrada has found a home in the big leagues again.
  • Ex-Brewer Doug Davis is scheduled to have surgery in the next few days to battle his thyroid cancer.  I still cannot believe he managed to pitch two big league games this season with the cancer he has.  Not only did he pitch yesterday, he got the win!  Good luck to you, Mr. Davis.  We all want to see you in a big league uniform again someday soon.
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