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What we learned: July 31, 2014

Today's lessons include the trade deadline, bullpen struggles, and offense struggles.

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Yesterday's Results

Brewers 5, Rays 0

After enduring three days of silent bats, the Brewers finally got their offense going, and it just happened to be against the Rays ace. Martin Maldonado drove in four runs with a 3-for-4 day, and the Brewers got four runs off of David Price. Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, holding the Rays to just four hits and a walk. The Rays attempted to rally in the ninth with the bases loaded, but Francisco Rodriguez shut them down for a one-out save.

The trade deadline is today, and the Brewers plans are a mystery.

We're less than 5 hours away from the trade deadline at this point, and it is anyone's guess what the Brewers will do. Different rumors have been flying around, but nothing substantial has come together yet. There were rumors that the Brewers would try to acquire Jon Lester, but those went nowhere and Lester went to Oakland this morning. David Price also came up in rumors, but he's staying in Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Cubs both acquired starting pitchers yesterday to bolster their rotations. There are still rumors that the Brewers want a bullpen arm or a bench bat, but as of right now, there's nothing definite going on. However, it doesn't take long for that to change.

Cram Session

More on the Trade Deadline

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 59-51 Nashville @ Coloardo Springs (SSPD) Nashville @ Colorado Springs (DH)
Huntsville Stars AA 65-45 Chattanooga 4, Huntsville 1 Jacksonville @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 55-46 Jupiter 5, Brevard County 0 Jupiter @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 57-50 Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0 Kane County @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 21-30 DSL Blue Jays 12, DSL Brewers 11 DSL Brewers @ DSL Blue Jays
Helena Brewers R 16-27 Helena 8, Billings 6 Billings @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 15-17 OFF AZL Brewers @ AZL Dodgers

News & Notes

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 60 49 -
Pirates 57 50 2
Cardinals 56 50 2.5
Reds 53 54 6
Cubs 44 62 14.5

Today's Division Games

  • Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter) - 8:40 pm
  • Cardinals (Shelby Miller) @ Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne) - 2:40 pm
  • Reds (Johnny Cueto) @ Marlins (Tom Koehler) - 6:10 pm
  • Rockies (Pedro Hernandez) @ Cubs (Jake Arrieta) - 1:20 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off. Meanwhile, the trade deadline approaches, with the deadline at 3 pm CT today. We will keep you updated on any moves the Brewers make (or don't make) as the deadline comes today.