Well, the winning streak had to come to an end at some point. Lance Lynn pitched seven shutout innings, allowing a total of three hits and three walks while striking out eleven. Meanwhile, Matt Garza got roughed up in his seven innings, allowing four runs on two home runs with nine hits and a walk. Jean Segura led the offense with two hits, and Wei-Chung Wang finally made his debut Monday with a scoreless inning.
Jean Segura is having a troubling start to the season.
Before yesterday's two-hit day, Jean Segura had been having some trouble so far in 2014. He had struggled to close out last season, and this season wasn't starting any better. Derek Harvey looked at Jean Segura yesterday and noticed some troubling trends with his early season performance. He noticed a lot of ground balls and very few fly balls so far in 2014. It's early, and there are a variety of reasons for the poor start, but it is concerning that he isn't doing better so far this season.
There's more bias to validate.
After taking an extended break, the Confirmation Bias series returned yesterday. Fred Hofstetter looked back at the first two weeks of the season and some of the confirmation bias that had come up in that time. In his article, he talks about letting the game come to you, Carlos Gomez swinging at everything, and whether pitching to another player works. Was any of the bias validated? Read the article to find out.
It was a big day for Wei-Chung Wang.
It's safe to assume that April 14, 2014 will be a day that Wei-Chung Wang doesn't forget any time soon. Over on Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy has all of the details of his big day. First of all, when he walked outside to catch his ride to the ballpark, he experienced snow for the first time. Then, at Miller Park before the game, he received his first major-league paycheck. He finished up the day with the biggest moment: his MLB debut. It was a successful one as he worked around a single to pitch a scoreless inning.
- Steve Garczynski of Disciples of Uecker has a post on JRN.com about what the Brewers need to do to keep winning.
- Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs knows the Brewers are going to regress and says the best thing to do is not to argue about the regression, and look at a new projection.
- Anne Stratton has a special poem on Brewers.com dedicated to the winning of the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Justin Schultz of Reviewing the Brew moved the Brewers up to #1 in his most recent power rankings.
- On MLB.com, the Brewers have moved up to #1 in their power rankings as well.
- ESPN.com gave the Brewers a jump, but not all the way to the top. The Brewers fell just short and are at #2.
- Meanwhile, in a different kind of power rankings, Carson Cistulli of NotGraphs ranked all of the center field camera angles in baseball, and ranked the camera angle at Miller Park at #29.
Cardinals vs. Brewers
- Yesterday, Noah posted a Q&A he conducted with Viva El Birdos contributor Aaron Finkel as the Brewers prepared to play the Cardinals for the first time this season.
- Going to a game in the Cardinals series? The Brewers have a St. Louis Style Slinger Skillet as a special for the series.
- I hope you didn't pick the Chorizo to win last night. The sausage took a tumble in the race, and Deadspin has a GIF of the fall.
- Did you miss any of the Pirates-Brewers series? If you did, Noah has some of the action for you in GIF form.
- Did Yovani Gallardo change his approach to become a control pitcher? Adam Weiser of Disciples of Uecker argues that he is making the change to become a better pitcher.
- Want a job with the Brewers? David Appelman of FanGraphs notes that the Brewers are looking to fill a few positions in the organization.
- Scott DeSmit of The Daily News has an opinion against advanced stats, and BadgerNoonan of Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has a response to the article.
- The Brewers will sell some tickets to the Padres series for $4.15 today. Sale starts at 9 am, and you can find the details here.
- Baseball Youth Magazine recently published an interview of Rickie Weeks written by 12-year old Haley Swilow, and John and Cait have the transcript of the interview.
Minor League Update
|Nashville Sounds||AAA||5-6||Omaha @ Nashville
|Memphis @ Nashville|
|Huntsville Stars||AA||7-3||Huntsville @ Mississippi
|Huntsville @ Mississippi
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||7-4||Brevard County 8, Lakeland 5||Lakeland @ Brevard County|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||6-4||Lansing @ Wisconsin
|Lansing @ Wisconsin|
News & Notes
- Clint Coultier was named player of the week in the Class A Midwest League.
- Jay D of Reviewing the Brew has a look at the state of second base in the minor leagues.
Make sure to check out morineko's daily minor-league update for a much more in-depth look at the previous day's action in the minor leagues.
- Pirates 7, Reds 7: The game was suspended after 6 innings due to rain, and will be resumed today before the second game of their series. Before the game was suspended, both teams had combined for a record 10 HR at Great American Ball Park.
- Pirates @ Reds - 4:30 pm (Resuming game from 4/14)
- Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka) - 6:05 pm
- Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Reds (Mike Leake) - 6:10 pm
The Brewers try to start a new win streak today in their second game against the Cardinals. Marco Estrada will make his third start of the year, and Shelby Miller will oppose for the Cardinals. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and the preview is on MLB.com.