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What we learned: May 9, 2014

Today's lessons include international signings, expectations for the Brewers, and more.

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Tom Lynn

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

The Brewers are expected to exceed their international signing bonus pool.

Back in February, the Brewers were rumored to sign international free agent Yirver Gilbert Lara.  It was months before the international signing period began, so the announcement came as a bit of a surprise.  However, the bigger surprise was the amount: $3.2 million.  This is $600,000 above the expected pool available for the Brewers.  Yesterday, Noah noted that the Brewers are one of four teams expected to exceed their allotted amount.  It's a bold move by the Brewers if they pull the trigger on this, but one that could really help their system out.  Of course, it could be six or seven years before we know if the move pays off for them.

Expectations are taking a hit after a few series losses.

Have your expectations changed after the Reds and Diamondbacks games?  It's hard to not be a little discouraged after those series, but it's only 7 games out of 162.  Derek posted a poll yesterday to gauge where the expectations are at this point in the season.  The majority of people so far have not reduced their expectations, which is a good sign.  Hopefully the Brewers will turn things around and expectations will go back up.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Nashville Sounds AAA 18-16 Colorado Springs 1, Nashville 0 Friday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs
Saturday: Nashville @ Iowa
Sunday: Nashville @ Iowa
Huntsville Stars AA 22-12 Huntsville 7, Jackson 3 Friday: Jackson @ Huntsville
Saturday: Huntsville @ Chattanooga
Sunday: Huntsville @ Chattanooga
Brevard County Manatees A+ 18-15 Brevard County 7, Daytona 0 Friday: Daytona @ Brevard County
Saturday: Daytona @ Brevard County
Sunday: OFF
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 15-18 Wisconsin 11, Cedar Rapids 7 Friday: Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin
Saturday: Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin
Sunday: OFF

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 12 21 9

This Weekend's Games

  • Cardinals @ Pirates
    Friday: Michael Wacha vs. Francisco Liriano - 6:05 pm
    Saturday: Lance Lynn vs. Edinson Volquez - 6:05 pm
    Sunday: Shelby Miller vs. Charlie Morton - 7:05 pm
  • Rockies @ Reds
    Friday: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Johnny Cueto - 6:10 pm
    Saturday: Jordan Lyles vs. Alfredo Simon - 6:10 pm
    Sunday: TBD vs. Homer Bailey - 12:10 pm
  • Cubs @ Braves
    Friday: Jason Hammel vs. Julio Teheran - 6:35 pm
    Saturday: Jeff Samardzija vs. Ervin Santana - 6:10 pm
    Sunday: Edwin Jackson vs. Alex Wood - 12:35 pm

This Weekend's Action

The Brewers start a three-game series against the New York Yankees tonight.  Yesterday, Jordan provided a preview for the upcoming series.  Here are the matchups for the series:

Friday: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yovani Gallardo - 7:10 pm
Saturday: CC Sabathia vs. Kyle Lohse - 6:10 pm
Sunday: TBD vs. Matt Garza - 1:10 pm

(Also, remember to predict for Prognostikeggers.)