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What we learned: May 21, 2014

Today's lessons include Marco Estrada's changeup, some injury updates, and the Wei-Chung Wang situation.

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Scott Cunningham

Yesterday's Results

Braves 5, Brewers 0

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.

Cram Session

Injury Updates

Wei-Chung Wang

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
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

Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 27 19 -
Cardinals 24 21 2.5
Reds 20 24 6
Pirates 18 26 8
Cubs 16 27 9.5

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

Today's Action

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 has the preview.