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What we learned: July 28, 2014

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Today's lessons include the new face of the franchise, a look at the upcoming trade deadline, and how to make the Cardinals as bad as possible.

Mike McGinnis

This Weekend's Results

Mets 3, Brewers 2

Yovani Gallardo put together a fantastic start, pitching 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. The Brewers got two runs, one from an Aramis Ramirez groundout and another from a Carlos Gomez home run. However, the Mets rallied for three runs off of closer Francisco Rodriguez to pull out the win.

Brewers 5, Mets 2

Wily Peralta didn't have his best day, but managed to get through six innings allowing only two runs. The offense picked him up, with four different Brewers recording RBIs to provide a balanced offense.

Mets 2, Brewers 0

The Brewers couldn't figure out Jacob deGrom, who kept the Brewers in check for 6 1/3 innings and held them to four hits and two walks. It wasted a good start from Jimmy Nelson, who had some early trouble but settled in to pitch 7 innings, allowing only a two-run home run. That was enough offense for the Mets tow in.

Jonathan Lucroy has become the new face of the Brewers franchise.

For years, the Brewers had turned to Ryan Braun to be the face of the franchise. However, recent events have tarnished his image, and while he's still a good player for the Brewers, he isn't the same as he used to be. As Braun's image fell, another star has stepped into that role: Jonathan Lucroy. On Friday, Noah made the argument for why Lucroy is the new face of the franchise. Lucroy has really stepped up this year, becoming one of the best hitters for the Brewers and a MVP candidate. The fans have rallied around Lucroy, and he has become one of the most popular players on the team. He's still young, so hopefully that means he can be the face of this team for many more years.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 58-51 Fri: Nashville 2, Oklahoma City 0
Sat: Nashville 8, Oklahoma City 1
Sun: Oklahoma City 6, Nashville 5
Oklahoma City @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 63-44 Fri: Jackson 8, Huntsville 3
Sat: Chattanooga 10, Huntsville 6
Sun: Huntsville 8, Chattanooga 4
Chattanooga @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 53-45 Fri: Palm Beach 13, Brevard County 7
Sun: Palm Beach 5, Brevard County 4
Sun: Brevard County 4, Palm Beach 2
Jupiter @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 55-49 Fri: Lake County 2, Wisconsin 1
Sat: Fort Wayne 8, Wisconsin 4
Sun: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 2
Wisconsin @ Fort Wayne
DSL Brewers R 21-27 Fri: DSL Rangers1 18, DSL Brewers 2
Sat: DSL Rangers1 7, DSL Brewers 4
DSL Tigers @ DSL Brewers
Helena Brewers R 15-25 Fri: Missoula 22, Helena 5
Sat: Helena 14, Missoula 5
Sun: Helena 10, Missoula 8
Helena @ Billings
AZL Brewers R 15-15 Sat: AZL Reds 9, AZL Brewers 3
Sun: AZL Brewers 12, AZL Reds 2
AZL Brewers @ AZL Indians

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 59 47 -
Cardinals 56 48 2
Pirates 55 49 3
Reds 52 52 6
Cubs 42 61 15.5

Today's Division Games

  • Pirates (Vance Worley) @ GIants (Madison Bumgarner) - 9:15 pm
  • Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson) @ Reds (Homer Bailey) - 6:10 pm
  • Rockies (Yohan Flande) @ Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada) - 7:05 pm
  • Cardinals have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers travel to Tampa Bay for the first time since 2005 to face the Rays tonight. Kyle Lohse will open the series for the Brewers, and he will face former Brewers prospect Jake Odorizzi. First pitch is at 6:10 pm, and Steven Petrella of MLB.com has the preview.