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What we learned: July 10, 2014

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Today's lessons include a bullpen move, a different kind of trade, and more.

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Yesterday's Results

Phillies 4, Brewers 1

The Brewers couldn't get back on track last night. Kyle Lohse did his best to give the Brewers offense a chance, holding the Phillies to four runs in eight innings. However, the offense fell flat again, managing only one run off of the Phillies.

Marco Estrada should go to the bullpen.

Over the last few weeks, the discussion about moving Marco Estrada to the bullpen has intensified. He's continued to struggle with giving up home runs, and while the results haven't been terrible all of the time, he just hasn't managed to get that home run rate under control. In addition to that, Derek looked at Estrada's splits yesterday and found some trends that would suggest he would be better as a reliever. Estrada tends to perform well when facing batters for the first time, but gets worse as the batting order comes back around. Maybe placing him in the bullpen is the best move for everyone at this point.

The Brewers should look to trade with contenders.

As the trade deadline gets closer, more and more rumors will come out about who is getting traded and who is not. The teams that are selling typically can set their prices for some of the better players, since more teams than ever are turning out to be buyers. Instead of looking to trade with the teams out of the division races, Jordan suggests that the Brewers should look to trade with contenders. Obviously, these trades wouldn't involve such high-profile players, but could involve moving smaller pieces to improve the team. By trading from a surplus area to a team that has a surplus of a Brewers need, they could potentially pull off a trade that wouldn't cost as much and could help strengthen a weaker area of the team.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 49-45 Memphis 8, NAshville 1 Nashville @ Memphis
Huntsville Stars AA 55-35 OFF Huntsville @ Chattanooga
Brevard County Manatees A+ 47-36 Brevard County 3, Lakeland 1 Brevard County @ Lakeland
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 46-42 Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 2 Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids
DSL Brewers R 17-17 DSL Pirates 6, DSL Brewers 4 DSL Brewers @ DSL Braves
Helena Brewers R 9-14 Orem 8, Helena 3 Helena @ Orem
AZL Brewers R 9-7 OFF AZL Brewers @ AZL White Sox

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 52 40 -
Cardinals 50 42 2
Reds 49 42 2.5
Pirates 47 44 4.5
Cubs 38 52 13

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Reds (Homer Bailey) - 11:35 am
  • Pirates (Edinson Volquez) @ Cardinals (Shelby Miller) - 6:15 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers finish off their four games series against the Phillies this afternoon. David Buchanan starts for the Phillies, and Matt Garza takes the mound for the Brewers. First pitch is at 1:10 pm, and MLB.com has the preview.