A few items to peruse while she reaches in and grabs right hold of you heart ...
• So wunderkind catcher Matt Wieters(notes) is finally on his way to Baltimore and his Friday arrival has some of the bloggerati breathlessly comparing him to O's backstop greats like Chris Hoiles and Mickey Tettleton. (Charming times for Charm City, indeed.)
Seriously, though, the Wieters' hype is the most I can ever remember for a rookie position player. Since I'm having a bit of trouble recalling other heralded arrivals, does anyone want to refresh my memory of other top prospects whose MLB debuts were greeted with everything just short of Sunday morning palm fronds? And remember I'm talking about position players here, since pitching prospects routinely get a lot of attention for their first starts. [Mr. Irrelevant]
• To the 35 percent of fantasy ballers who said Wieters should be traded immediately while his value is high: You were the same guys who kept their He-Men and GI Joe in the original packaging, weren't you? [Roto Arcade]
• Rob Iracane says that when it comes to Wieters' callup — from an attendance revival to avoiding Super Two status — timing is everything. [Walkoff Walk]
Day Baseball! Cardinals at Brewers 1:05 ET Great series so far, but the Crew could be without Ryan Braun for this one, which will break the tie atop the NL Central. Todd Wellemeyer(notes) faces Manny Parra(notes) on the Miller Park mound.
• By the way, how are Torontonians handling the Blue Jays' eight-game losing streak?
"It's taken all of eight days and eight losses to turn us into a typical hysterical JaysTalk-calling bandwagon jumper, ripping every player and every member of the coaching staff and writing off this season and probably next and threatening to stop following the Jays altogether. It's incredibly unbecoming."
Well, then. [Tao of Stieb]
Day Baseball! Pirates at Cubs, 2:20 For some reason, I had a perception of Zach Duke(notes) being a Cub killer. Then I looked up his numbers and found that he's 0-5 with a 4.58 ERA in his last nine starts against the Small Bears. Hasn't earned a 'W' against them since 2006. The moral of this story? We Friendly Confiners are a pessimistic bunch.
• Says John Smoltz(notes), who will probably make three more minor-league starts before joining the Red Sox: "My radar screen has Boston on it." Hey, beats breaking into that "Shipping Up To Boston" tune, fast-becoming the most worn-out stadium cliche. [Extra Bases]
• Finally, check out this spot I did with Sid Rosenberg on Tuesday afternoon. (You'll at least want to stick around for the part where Sid says "penis envy.") [Open Sports]