The Brewers must be getting close to bottoming out at this point. Getting shut out by Julio Teheran isn't the worst thing to happen, but the way it did was very demoralizing. Yovani Gallardo struggled in his 3 1/3 innings, then was removed because of an ankle injury. They managed only six hits, and Jonathan Lucroy was the only Brewer on base multiple times. The bottom five positions in the batting order went a combined 2-for-18 with one walk. Carlos Gomez was 1-for-5, but struck out four times. It's still not to the point that massive changes are needed, but the Brewers need a spark of some kind to get back on track.
Marco Estrada needs his changeup to be good to pitch well.
After his start on Sunday, Marco Estrada made some comments to Todd Rosiak about how his changeup needs to be good for him to pitch well. It has been one of his most effective pitches this year. Jordan decided to dig into the stats behind his changeup and see if he could find any difference with how it was used on Sunday. His conclusion was that there wasn't anything wrong with it on Sunday, he just made some mistakes with it. There's potentially no issue here, just one of those days where it doesn't work well.
- Joe Morgan of Brewers.com notes that Yovani Gallardo is day-to-day with his ankle injury, and his next start will depend on how his ankle feels in the next day or two.
- Jim Henderson's bullpen session on Tuesday went well, and he will head to Huntsville on Thursday to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.
- Aramis Ramirez is making progress with his hamstring injury after running and playing catch yesterday. There is still no timetable for his return.
- Monday's appearance for Wei-Chung Wang was another rough one, and Curt Hogg of Disciples of Uecker argues that it should be the last straw for keeping him on the team.
- Another side to this is how much the Brewers are hurting Wang's development. Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar asks if the Brewers are doing more damage to Wang than he is doing to the team.
- While Wang is on the team, Ron Roenicke has to figure out a way to get him some playing time. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looks at this dilemma that Roenicke has.
- What is the value of Rickie Weeks right now? Ben Tannenbaum of The Brewers Bar asks that question.
- Terence Moore of MLB.com looks at the unlikely way that the Brewers have managed to stay in first place despite a slow start for the offense.
- Jimmy Nelson has been pitching very well for Nashville, and Ryan Topp of Disciples of Uecker asks if the Brewers should bring him up now.
- During last night's game against the Braves, a foul ball hit off of Carlos Gomez's bat hit a young boy in the stands, and he had to be taken to the hospital.
- The Brewers Community Foundation Week starts on Monday, featuring many activities at Miller Park. The John & Cait blog has a rundown of the week.
Minor League Update
|Nashville Sounds||AAA||24-21||Omaha 4, Nashville 1||Omaha @ Nashville
|Huntsville Stars||AA||30-15||OFF||Huntsville @ Montgomery|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||23-20||Palm Beach 1, Brevard County 0||Brevard County @ Palm Beach|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||21-23||Wisconsin 11, Kane County 1
Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0
|Kane County @ Wisconsin|
News & Notes
- Kyle attended yesterday's doubleheader in Appleton, and has a notebook about Chris McFarland prior to yesterday's games. He also posted a recap of the doubleheader split.
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects was also in attendance, and has a photo gallery from the doubleheader.
Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.
Today's Division Games
- Yankees (Chase Whitley) @ Cubs (Jeff Samardzija) - 1:20 pm
- Reds (Alfredo Simon) @ Nationals (Tanner Roark) - 3:05 pm
- Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez) - 6:05 pm
- Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 7:15 pm
The Brewers try to break their losing streak today, and will look to Kyle Lohse to try to end it. On the other side, the Braves will send Ervin Santana to the mound. First pitch is at 6:10 pm, and Joe Morgan of MLB.com has the preview.