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What we learned: July 21, 2014

Today's lessons include a healthy team, the true price of a reliever, and short starts.

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This Weekend's Results

Brewers 4, Nationals 2

Kyle Lohse walked a tightrope in his start on Friday, allowing ten hits in seven innings. However, he only allowed one run to keep the Brewers in the game. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis launched solo home runs to give the Brewers the lead, and Aramis Ramirez brought home two runs with an RBI double.

Nationals 8, Brewers 3

Matt Garza only recorded one out on Saturday, putting the Brewers in an early 5-0 hole that they could not get out of. Marco Estrada saved the bullpen with 5 2/3 innings of relief, though allowed three more runs in the process. The only Brewers offense came from a run that Jonathan Lucroy "manufactured", and from a two-run home run by Ryan Braun.

Nationals 5, Brewers 4

The Brewers built a 3-1 lead early, but the Nationals rallied to take a 4-3 lead that they would hold for most of the game. In the ninth, Rickie Weeks hit an RBI single to tie the game at 4, but the Nationals rallied again for a walk-off double from Jayson Werth.

The price of a reliever is higher than you think.

On Saturday, the Angels made a trade to acquire reliever Huston Street from the Padres. The move didn't involve any major prospects, but still involved four smaller prospects from the organization. While quantity prevailed in this trade, a trade like this would be more harmful to the Brewers system. In the wake of the trade on Saturday, Jordan had a reminder about the true cost of obtaining a reliever. While it may be something the Brewers can pull off, the cost to the system would be high. Holding with what the Brewers have may be the best option for now.

Health has been important to the Brewers successful season.

As usual, the Brewers have had their share of injuries over the course of the season. However, the season has been relatively healthy overall. On Friday, Noah looked at the health the Brewers have had this season. He notes that the Brewers have had the second fewest number of days lost to players on the DL in the division. They have also not lost many days to the DL from key players, even though Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez both had DL stints. It's been one of the key components to the Brewers run this year.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 53-49 Fri: Nashville 7, Oklahoma City 6
Fri: Oklahoma City 9, Nashville 7
Sat: Nashville 7, Oklahoma City 3
Sun: Oklahoma City 7, Nashville 5
Colorado Springs @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 61-39 Sat: Huntsville 1, Tennessee 0
Sat: Huntsville 5, Tennessee 0
Sun: Tennessee 10, Huntsville 3
Huntsville @ Jackson
Brevard County Manatees A+ 51-40 Fri: Brevard County 4, St. Lucie 3
Sat: St. Lucie 8, Brevard County 6
Sun: Fort Myers 7, Brevard County 4
Brevard County @ Fort Myers
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 51-47 Fri: Bowling Green 6, Wisconsin 2
Sat: Dayton 9, Wisconsin 3
Sun: Wisconsin 3, Dayton 0
Dayton @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 19-23 Fri: DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Brewers 4
DSL Rangers2 @ DSL Brewers
Helena Brewers R 13-20 Fri: Orem 5, Helena 0
Sat: Grand Junction 6, Helena 5
Sun: Helena 4, Grand Junction 2
Grand Junction @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 13-11 Fri: AZL Brewers 7, AZL Cubs 3
Sat: AZL Cubs 5, AZL Brewers 4
AZL Brewers @ AZL Padres

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 54 45 -
Cardinals 54 45 -
Pirates 52 46 1.5
Reds 51 47 2.5
Cubs 40 57 13

Today's Division Games

  • Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu) @ Pirates (Edinson Volquez) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals & Cubs have the day off.

Today's Action

If the Brewers want to keep their streak of days in first place going, they will have to get a win today. They return home to Miller Park tonight to open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. It will be up to Wily Peralta to make a good start for the Brewers, as he faces off against Mat Latos. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and Caitlin Swieca of has the preview.

Don't forget about Prognostikeggers, which added a new prediction to the game on Friday.