Open Thread of Same Ol' Same Ol'
2B Rickie Weeks
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey Hart
CF Mike Cameron
3B Bill Hall
C Jason Kendall
RHP Jeff Suppan
A Place to Talk Wisconsin Sports and anything else we feel like talking about. No we won't put the Cubs game on the TV
The Zips have zip. Zilch. Nada.
So Chad Johnson just legally changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco, which is both hilarious and insane, as you would expect from Chad John..Ocho Cinco.
Have you ever listened to a Yankee radio broadcast? They're awful. I'm listening right now (Jeter just messed up a double play, by the way). They were talking about a quote from Johnny Damon, who said that to pull off a major comeback and make the playoffs, they would all have to play like A-Rod. The Yankee broadcasters then ripped A-Rod and said:
They did it, the Brewers sold their 3,000,000th ticket. Good for them and good for the fans who made it happen.
For the Yankees to make a run at both Sabathia and Sheets for the 09 season.
And not it is not because they lost, they are off today and I am going up to my Trailer for the weekend so no baseball for me till Monday.
Today is the day that Russell Branyan is eligible to return from the DL, and while I don't think anyone expects Russ back today, as rosters expand next week, I am concerned about the complete lack of news. As such, I actually submitted the question to Tom H. and Anthony W., and I plan on bothering Will Carroll about it later.
Craig Counsell is atrocious against lefties. He is also atrocious against lefties. There is no reason for him to be in the major leagues, much less starting for a team that is leading the Wild Card. His grit, determination and veteran leadership mean about as much as my grit and determination to never miss a game. I may actually be more valuable than Counsell, as I am not out there pretending to be a baseball player and stealing a roster spot from someone actually deserving. But, Ned is in love so there is naught we can do. Craiggers gets the start tonight:
MLB is holding a press conference at 5:00 (Eastern, I assume) to announce that replay will be enacted for disputed home runs starting this Thursday.
Check how many times they bring up the untucked shirts in this St Louis Post Dispatch article.
On the Olympics.
And it is a huge one as huge as a two game series at the end of August can be. This is the last time the Cards and Brewers are scheduled to play this season barring running into them in the playoffs.
A deal has finally been reached, the Big Ten Network and Time Warner Cable tie the knot. They worked on it all weekend apparently. The BTN will be channel 63, so burn that number into your collective memories. Saturday's Badger game will be available to the masses. The angels sang and the church bells rang.
I will admit I am enjoying my trips to Miller Park less and less as the team gets better and better.
Doing well on the day they give away your bobble head likeness has to be pretty cool for a player. And not everyone does what J.J. Hardy did yesterday, if I remember correctly the very beginning of Derrick Turnbow's long collapse started on D.Turnbow bobble head day I am pretty sure he blew the save that day and and he was never quite right after that game.
This happened in a softball game awhile ago and the injured woman's opponents carried her around the base path. As it turns out, this was unnecessary as she was entitled to a pinch runner to complete the home run. Such is also the case with MLB. Rule 5.10 (c) (1) reads:
(c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire;
(1) If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base to which he is entitled, as on a home run hit out of the playing field, or an award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play.
I, like most of you, thought that Ned Yost was working CC Sabathia too hard, unnecessarily. I'm starting to change my mind on the subject (Note: I change my mind alot. So should you.) Here's an article from Joe Sheehan that you probably can't read because it's gated. (If you love baseball, you should pony up and get a subscription, by the way. My Baseball Prospectus subscription is well worth it, and I don't even play fantasy baseball. If you do play fantasy baseball, this should be the first thing you pay for at the beginning of each season. Plus it will stop you from making idiotic comments about Tony Gwynn, Jr. in the JSonline forum.)
It is, however, a very clear sign that we’ve gone too far. A good idea—protecting pitchers from injury due to overuse—has been warped, with ill effects for the industry. The marginal innings that veteran starters aren’t throwing—and we’re talking about maybe 10-20 a season for some large number of pitchers—are not just going to inferior pitchers, but they’re driving roster decisions that have changed the way the game is played. As much as La Russa-influenced tactics have helped redesign reliever usage, the lack of those extra pitches and extra innings has forced teams to carry 11, 12, and sometimes 13 pitchers as a workaround. That change has reduced the amount of platooning and shortened benches to the point that many teams have non-functioning reserve corps. All for the gain of low-leverage innings from low-impact pitchers.
The solution here is fairly simple: forget that anyone ever mentioned the number "100." That number isn’t meaningful in any sense. If you really want to use numbers to guide you, here are two: 25 and 120. Once a pitcher is 25 years old, you can generally consider him physically mature enough to handle a full workload. A full workload for a mature, healthy pitcher should include starts of up to 120 pitches without inviting injury risk. Usage beyond that mark—actually, 121 pitches in the PAP^3 framework—do raise the risk, but that risk can be measured against the context of the situation. Flags fly forever, and the pursuit of one does sometimes outweigh the risks involved.
Pittsburgh will throw its own left-hander at the formidable Milwaukee southpaw, one who has become the ace of the Pirates' staff. Maholm has been among the best starters in baseball over the last three months; after turning in just three quality starts in his first 10, he has now tossed 12 in his last 15, and hasn't gone less than six innings in any of those 15 turns. Over that stretch, Maholm has a 2.88 RA and 1.06 WHIP, with a K/BB ratio of over 3/1. His second-best start of the season by Game Score came in Miller Park back on July 5, when he gave up four hits and one run over eight innings in a game Pittsburgh lost 2-1.
Suppan and the Bats do their job setting up a chance for CC Sabathia to get his 9th win as a Brewer and lead the WC Division leading Brewers to a sweep
I just happened to walk by a TV in the house and the Olympics were on and they were showing the Russian Synchronized swimming team. I guess they are the class of the world very impressive yes, but not a sport.
Anyone have any experience with fantasy football draft boards, the ones used for live, offline drafts? I've never bought one but have to this year and I don't know which ones are good and which are bad. Some seem cheap, some just look goofy. Any help with what you recommend would be greatly appreciated.
(photo from the MJS)
Aaron Rogers and the Packers rebounded form a dismal showing in San Francisco with a very good performance in Denver.
The Milwaukee Brewers start off the run to 100 wins with a victory so they are 1-0.
Early on during these Olympic games, I had a couple of conversations with friends about events that we thought should be eliminated. Synchronized swimming and speed walking were high on everyone's lists. During each of these conversations, I asked my friends what sports they would add in the place of the eliminated events, and they were at a loss. So I recommended one-dodgeball. Faces lit up. So for the past week, I've been suggesting the addition of dodgeball to everyone with whom I've had an Olympic conversation. With out fail, the suggestion is met with excitement. So now I turn to you, the reader of the WSB, to join me in spreading the word and developing the groundswell that will bring dodgeball to the games by 2016.
Mr Man over at Camp Lambeau has a very nice Badgers Football Preview
Packers vs. Broncos in Denver at 8pm CDT the game will be on Channel 18 in Milwaukee due to NBC's around the clock coverage of the Olympics.
The first of 3 series against the woeful Pirates, that is right 9 games with the Bucs and only 3 of them in the house of horrors that is PNC Park. Time to Take Care of Business.
I'm currently participating in a kickball tournament, and I was shocked and dismayed to learn that bunting is in fact permitted in the game. (See rule 9.03.)
As you know a lot of us here have been following the XM Sirius merger closely because it will effect our listening to sports options.
There are two styles or types batting helmets used in MLB this season
Bucks center Andrew Bogut underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam after turning his ankle Wednesday in Australia's quarterfinal loss to the U.S. in the Olympic Games.
What am I talking about you ask? This
I found this on JSOnline's NewsWatch and since I know we have some college hockey fans out there I thought I'd bring it to your attention.
Madison - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has lined up a star hockey player.The Cap Times has an article with a little more info about the 14-year old Schmaltz.
But it will be a few years before he enrolls.
Fourteen-year-old defenseman Jordan Schmaltz gave Wisconsin coaches a nonbinding verbal commitment last week. He had been offered a full scholarship four years before he can use it.
Schmaltz's father, Mike, calls the offer surreal: His son hasn't even had his first class at Verona Area High School yet.
Schmaltz says he accepted Wisconsin's offer because he likes the campus and coaching staff.
NCAA rules don't allow college hockey coaches to contact recruits until the end of their sophomore year in high school. But there's nothing to keep an athlete from approaching them.
You can catch the four semi-final games of the Little League Baseball World Series live today and Thursday. All times listed are U.S. Eastern Time.
As much as it pains me I have serious doubts the Crew will run the hated Cubs down for the Division and I am having doubts about the Brewers holding on to the Wild Card lead also.
Well Rubber match time. Letting Houston come in here and win 2 of 3 would almost be as bad as getting swept by them.
I know this because ESK and others never stop telling me that. Lets just say I do not agree with all of them when it comes to Ben Sheets. I am done caring what other people think of what I say here. I am going to say what I think and just ignore the attacks that come with speaking the truth as I see it.
Quotes (paraphrasing actually) from the post-game call-in show:
Braun sitting out hopefully just as a precaution.
Maybe Cecile Cooper should have looked at the probable pitching match ups at Astros.com before he made any predictions.
After striking out swinging to end the sixth inning, Braun lowered his head in obvious discomfort, walked to the dugout and back to the clubhouse. He was replaced in left field by Gabe Kapler.
After the game, Braun stopped only briefly and indicated he was OK, that it was "nothing." That's all he wanted to say.
Manager Ned Yost didn't seem interested in addressing the situation, either.
"It was getting tight after that last swing so I put (Gabe Kapler) in there," said Yost. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."
So, we'll see what becomes of this. We knew an intercostal strain was something that might linger, and Braun might have come back before he was completely ready.
I italicized that last part because that was not all Braun's decision. It was in the team's best interest that he rest it a few more days, so he should have sat even if he wanted to play. While Braun played a big role Saturday and Sunday, an unhealthy Braun down the stretch can only hurt them.
Can you match the stats to the name?
A lot going on tonight OMG OMG OMG Brett Favre makes his first start as a Jet going on now if you have NFL Network
I just got my post season ticket offer from the Brewers and let's just say Chris is not a happy man right now.
As you all know by now, batting average is a piece of shit. Not even human shit. We're talking the shit from that Bigfoot that those guys found. Smelly, useless, and produced in large quantities by simple but prolific sportswriters.
Line Drive Percentage. Baseball Info Solutions tracks the trajectory of each batted ball and categorizes it as a groundball, fly ball or line drive. LD% is the percent of batted balls that are line drives. Line drives are not necessarily the hardest hit balls, but they do fall for a hit around 75% of the time.
Pitchers, either league, by VORP:
I am not going to bother with yesterday's game. We all have our beliefs on what happened. Sheets happens. ;)
I started to do this as a comment decided to make it a post instead. First, before Danny Attacks me for being a bad fan, I am not saying that Sheets is a bad pitcher. He is a number 1 or 1a on almost every staff in MLB, but there is more to being an Ace than having talent. You have to have the mindset of an Ace and I don't think Sheets has it. I think that for the past couple of years Sheets has had his worth to the Brewers inflated by the so-so pitchers that were in the rotation. Sheets was always considered the Ace of the staff, and he probably was, but the arrival of Sabathia has shown us what a real Ace looks like. And sadly, Sheets is not in his league. I am positive that if Sabathia had been the one taking the hill after they scratched that run off of Peavy the Brewers would have won that game and would be riding a 9-game wining streak.
With the recent discussions regarding wether or not Ben Sheets is an ace made me curious to look up his stats since CC arrived as this seems to be the time in question.
Wow. CC shows he is actually human and not a pitching robot sent back to Milwaukee from the future. It's pretty good when 7 innings of 1 run ball can be considered having an off night. I use the phrase "off night" lightly here. CC was very good. He gave up 9 hits but he balanced that with 8 strikeouts. Also, the one run the Friars scratched out could have been avoided if Hardy and Weeks had turned that double play. Isn't it nice that we have a pitcher that is so good that even his off nights are outstanding. He even drove in a run.
Tron hit it on the head in the comments that the market for Mo Williams was very weak. John Hammond said when he was hired that he would make some trades that would make people scratch their heads and I have to imagine that this is exactly what he was talking about, he knew then that the market for Mo wasn't a good one.
The guy has been absolutely dominant since joining the Brewers. If he can win around 12 games with the Crew while maintaining a sub-2.50 ERA, can he legitimately be considered an NL Cy Young candidate?
In a three team trade, the Bucks get guys I've never heard of named Damon Jones and Luke Ridnour, while Joe Smith and Desmond Mason go to Oklahoma City, and Mo Williams goes to Cleveland.
Due to a rain-out yesterday, the Cubs have a double header in Atlanta. The noon game is Marquis (7-7, 4.73 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (3-5, 5.70 ERA). Then at 6:15, the Cubs throw Harden(6-2, 2.27 ERA) against Jorge Campillo (7-4, 2.83 ERA). By the time our game begins, we may have made up a game on the Cubs, or fallen another game behind. By tomorrow, we could be just 1.5 back.
They win a game at PETCO Park and just to make me look really simple both teams go on a home run bing. Prince said "Place where home runs go to die my ass"