Some things to read while getting your frustration out.
The Milwaukee Brewers were off on Monday but got some good news anyway in the latest update to Major League Baseball's All Star vote totals. Carlos Gomez, who was sixth among outfielders just two weeks ago, has climbed all the way to third and now projects to start the game. Gomez leads Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates by just 1,658 votes.
This would be Gomez's first All Star start, but one of his best friends opened the Midsummer Classic in the outfield six times. Caitlin Swieca of MLB.com has a story on Gomez's relationship with 19-year big leaguer Manny Ramirez, owner of 555 MLB home runs.
Of course, Gomez is always busy making new friends. Eileen Reslen of MTV featured the 2013 Gold Glove Award-winner in this week's edition of MLB Crush Monday.
Gomez's ascent was the biggest story from an otherwise quiet off day for the Brewers in New York. They'll open a series with the Mets at 6:10 p.m. tonight with Marco Estrada taking on Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Tim Healey has the MLB.com preview.
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Jonathan Lucroy spent his day off in New York hanging out in-studio with MLB Network. Phil Watson of Dairyland Express has a recap of his appearance, and you can see video of his interview with Brian Kenny here.
Looking back a day, Sunday's win was Ron Roenicke's 291st with the Brewers, the fifth-best total in franchise history. Bill Chuck of Gammons Daily notes, though, that Roenicke only ranks 19th among active MLB managers. He's also almost 500 career wins behind Ned Yost, whose 772 wins are the most among active managers who have never reached the postseason.
In the minors:
Today in power rankings:
- The Brewers have reportedly agreed to terms with first-round pick Kodi Medeiros, who will receive a $2 million signing bonus. Slot value for the No. 12 overall pick was slightly more than $2.8 million, so the Brewers have saved some money here to help pay for going over slot with competitive balance pick Jacob Gatewood and second-round pick Monte Harrison.
- Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has an updated draft tracker showing the latest on the Brewers' 41 picks, including 14 that appear to have signed, one that likely will sign soon and three high school players who have already said they will not sign.
- The affiliates went 4-1 on Monday and picked up a big win from Brevard County, where Tyler Wagner pitched seven scoreless innings and catcher Cameron Garfield went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Manatees' 3-0 win over Tampa. Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has short recaps from all of the day's action.
- Wisconsin also picked up a win on Monday, beating Clinton 4-3 for their seventh consecutive victory. They remain two games back of a Wild Card spot with six games left to play in the first half of the Midwest League season.
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet.
If you'd like more Brewers coverage today but you're sick of reading, my weekly appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 WSCO in Appleton has been archived and can be heard here
. We touched on several Brewers topics and gave away a pair of tickets to Saturday's game with the Reds.
: Placed pitcher Tyler Skaggs on the DL with a hamstring strain.
: Placed infielder Eric Chavez on the DL with a knee sprain and designated pitcher Trevor Cahill for assignment.
: Placed second baseman Neil Walker on the DL after his emergency appendectomy.
: Placed right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring strain) and pitcher Eddie Butler (shoulder inflammation) on the DL and designated pitcher Wilton Lopez for assignment.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Pirates have moved back into sole possession of third place after a 6-2 win over the Cubs Monday night. Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 in the game with a double and his eighth home run of the season.
- The Reds are now a season-high eight games back of first place after losing 6-2 to the Dodgers. Cincinnati pitcher Tony Cingrani allowed all six runs on seven hits over just 4 2/3 innings.
- The Brewers and Cardinals were off on Monday.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
||@ Mets, 6:10 p.m.
||Marco Estrada vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
||@ Rays, 6:10 p.m.
||Adam Wainwright vs Jake Odorizzi
||vs Cubs, 6:05 p.m.
||Francisco Liriano vs Travis Wood
||vs Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.
||Mike Leake vs Josh Beckett
||@ Pirates, 6:05 p.m.
||Travis Wood vs Francisco Liriano
Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index
, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to 2004 Brewer Jeff Bennett
, who turns 34.
Today is also the fourth anniversary of Carlos Gomez scoring from first on a 10th-inning sac bunt
in a win over the Cubs in 2010 and the 60th anniversary of the Giants beating the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 10 innings at County Stadium
in 1954, becoming the first National League team ever to score a game's only run with a pinch-hit home run. Follow the links for those events' respective entries in Today In Brewer History at Brew Crew Ball.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm getting a big head
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