It’s a beautiful day in Milwaukee, so naturally the roof at Miller Park is closed

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As we speak, it is in the upper 70s in Milwaukee.  At game time this afternoon it will be around 76 degrees. The skies are as clear as a bell. It should remain gorgeous throughout the evening.  Indeed, the Milwaukee weather is expected to be spectacular though at least next Wednesday.

So naturally baseball has decreed that the retractable roof at Miller Park be closed for this afternoon’s deciding Game 5 between the Brewers and the Dbacks.

According to Tom Haudricourt, baseball says it must be so because they want conditions to be “consistent with the first four games” of the series.  Because that’s what baseball is all about. Absolutely no weather, sunshine, breezes or variances of any kind.  If God had expected baseball games to be played to the open air He wouldn’t have created domes.  And no, those giant motors that retract the roof at Miller Park are not His creations. They were forged in the fires of Hades.

I’m sorry, but can anyone provide me with anything approaching a rational explanation here? MLB?  If you have a better statement than “we want the conditions to be the same,” I’ll run it.  Preferably one that would hold up if, say, the Brewers had played their road games someplace besides Arizona.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.