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What we learned: June 13, 2014

Today's lessons include Jimmy Nelson, Brad Mills, and Jonathan Lucroy.

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Yesterday's Results

Brewers 5, Mets 1

A pitcher's duel dominated most of the game, with Kyle Lohse pitching eight strong innings and Jonathan Niese matching with 6 2/3 good innings of his own. The game went into extra innings, and after enduring a 3 minute rain delay and a bases loaded jam in the 12th inning, the Brewers finally broke through in the 13th inning. They scored four runs in the 13th, led by a two-run home run from Jonathan Lucroy. Francisco Rodriguez finished the game in the 13th inning to secure the series win for the Brewers.

It may be time for Jimmy Nelson to join the rotation.

After Marco Estrada's most recent bad start on Tuesday, and another great start from Jimmy Nelson in the minors, the talk to get Nelson in the rotation is increasing. With a competing team, allowing an underperforming starter to remain in the rotation is not something they can do for too long. Yesterday, Jordan asked the question that everyone is asking, if it is time to promote Jimmy Nelson. Nelson's performance in the minors may force the Brewers hand, especially if Estrada continues to struggle. If everything remains as is, it's only a matter of time before the change happens.

The Brewers need to get something for Brad Mills.

While Jimmy Nelson is tearing up the competition in Nashville, Brad Mills is also performing very well there as well. Unfortunately, there's no space for him on the Brewers roster, and an opt-out date is coming up this weekend. What should the Brewers do? Derek had a proposal yesterday, saying that the Brewers should trade Mills. While a trade for a role player could be tough, there's another possibility by trading for international slot money. Something has to be done this weekend, it's just a question of what it will be.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Nashville Sounds AAA 38-30 Nashville 12, Reno 6 Friday: Tacoma @ Nashville
Saturday: Tacoma @ Nashville
Sunday: Tacoma @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 44-24 Huntsville 11, Chattanooga 5 Friday: Chattanooga @ Huntsville
Saturday: Chattanooga @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 33-30 Lakeland 3, Brevard County 0 All-Star Break
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 34-32 Wisconsin 8, Beloit 2 Friday: Wisconsin @ Quad Cities
Saturday: Wisconsin @ Quad Cities
Sunday: Wisconsin @ Quad Cities
DSL Brewers R 7-4 DSL Tigers 6, DSL Brewers 4 Friday: DSL Brewers @ DSL Tigers
Saturday: DSL Blue Jays @ DSL Brewers

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 40 27 -
Cardinals 34 32 5.5
Pirates 32 34 7.5
Reds 31 34 8
Cubs 26 38 12.5

This Weekend's Division Games

  • Nationals @ Cardinals
    Friday: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Lance Lynn - 7:15 pm
    Saturday: Stephen Strasburg vs. Shelby Miller - 6:15 pm
    Sunday: Doug Fister vs. Jaime Garcia - 1:15 pm
  • Pirates @ Marlins
    Friday: Jeff Locke vs. Nathan Eovaldi - 6:10 pm
    Saturday: Charlie Morton vs. Randy Wolf - 3:10 pm
    Sunday: TBD vs. Henderson Alvarez - 12:10 pm
  • Cubs @ Phillies
    Friday: Jake Arrieta vs. Roberto Hernandez - 6:05 pm
    Saturday: Edwin Jackson vs. David Buchanan - 2:05 pm
    Sunday: Travis Wood vs. AJ Burnett - 12:35 pm

This Weekend's Action

The Brewers return home for a quick three-game homestand against the Reds. Here are the weekend's matchups:

Friday: Homer Bailey vs. Matt Garza - 7:10 pm
Saturday: Tony Cingrani vs. Yovani Gallardo - 6:15 pm
Sunday: Mike Leake vs. Marco Estrada - 1:10 pm