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What we learned: May 8, 2014

Today's lessons include Ryan Braun's recovery, Wily Peralta's dominance, and run differential's ability to evaluate a team.

Tom Lynn

Yesterday's Results

Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 2

The Brewers couldn't get past Bronson Arroyo in the series finale yesterday.  He pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball to keep the Brewers in check, and also scored the winning run in the game.  Wily Peralta put together another quality start, but the Brewers offense couldn't give him any support.

Ryan Braun is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Before yesterday's game, Ryan Braun was on the field taking batting practice.  This was a good sign for him, and there were no reports of any setbacks afterwards.  It appears likely that the Brewers will activate Braun from the disabled list when he is eligible on Tuesday.  Braun's return will be good for an offense that has struggled to score runs in their recent games.  As long as there isn't a problem in the next few days, he will be back soon.

Wily Peralta has been very successful against left-handed batters.

Yesterday, Wily Peralta made his seventh start of the season.  In that time, he has been very successful overall, though has been more successful against left-handed hitters.  Before his start yesterday, Derek dug into Peralta's success against left-handed batters and how he has managed to maintain that success.  After struggling against those hitters last year, it is good to see him succeeding their this year.  Maintaining that success will be critical if he wants to keep his success going.

Run differential is not necessarily the best way to evaluate a team's success.

One way to look at the success of a team is to look at their run differential.  A team with a higher run differential should have a better record, and vice versa.  However, it's not the only way to analyze a team's success.  Earlier this week, Rob Neyer wrote an article on run differentials, and Jordan responded to that article yesterday.  While run differential can provide some details on a team's success, it doesn't tell the whole story.  There's more to look at when evaluating a team.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 18-15 Colorado Springs 9, Nashville 5 Nashville @ Colorado Springs
Huntsville Stars AA 21-12 Jackson 6, Huntsville 2 Jackson @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 17-15 Brevard County 5, Daytona 1 Daytona @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 14-18 Wisconsin 5, Kane County 3 Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin

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 22 13 -
Cardinals 18 17 4
Reds 15 18 6
Pirates 14 20 7.5
Cubs 11 21 9.5

Today's Games

  • Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ White Sox (Scott Carroll) - 7:10 pm
  • Cardinals, Pirates, and Reds have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off today.  They will return to action tomorrow as they start a three-game series against the New York Yankees.