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What we learned: April 15, 2014

Today's lessons include a troubling trend with Jean Segura, confirmation bias, and one of the greatest days in Wei-Chung Wang's life.

Mike McGinnis

Yesterday's Results

Cardinals 4, Brewers 0

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, 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.

Cram Session

Winning Streak

Power Rankings

Cardinals vs. Brewers

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
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

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.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 10 3 -
Cardinals 8 5 2
Pirates 6 6 3.5
Cubs 4 8 5.5
Reds 4 8 5.5
  • 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.

Today's Games

  • 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

Today's Action

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