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What we learned: July 9, 2014

Today's lessons include Jimmy Nelson, David Price, and more.

Mike McGinnis

Yesterday's Results

Brewers 9, Phillies 7

The Brewers stormed out to a 5-1 lead after the first inning thanks to home runs from Scooter Gennett and Lyle Overbay. Unfortunately, the Phillies responded right away with five runs in the top of the second, and eventually built their lead up to 9-5. The Brewers would rally thanks to a Mark Reynolds home run, but they couldn't close the gap and ended up losing for the seventh time in their last eight games.

Jimmy Nelson may be coming to Milwaukee soon.

The rotation has struggled a little in the past few weeks, and Marco Estrada has been struggling all season. With the Brewers contending, the question is how long they can let Estrada struggle in the rotation. With Jimmy Nelson performing well in Nashville, there have been plenty of people calling for him to join the rotation. Yesterday. prior to the game, some quotes came out from Ron Roenicke saying that they are discussing what to do with Nelson. They have not made a decision to promote Nelson yet, but if Estrada can't turn it around soon, the move could be coming. At this point, it's looking more like a question of when Nelson will be promoted.

The Brewers don't have enough to acquire David Price.

The David Price rumors have been going around lately, and the Brewers have been one of the teams tied to him. Even though he would be a good upgrade for the Brewers, he appears to be way outside of the Brewers price range. Yesterday, Noah looked at why the Brewers couldn't afford him. What it comes down to is prospects, and other teams have offered more than the Brewers have, yet couldn't get him. To even have a chance at Price, the Brewers would probably have to offer some current MLB players in a deal for him. For a contending team, that's not something that they can do.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 49-44 Nashville 4, Memphis 2 Nashville @ Memphis
Huntsville Stars AA 55-35 Jackson 7, Huntsville 4 OFF
Brevard County Manatees A+ 46-36 Lakeland 9, Brevard County 2 Brevard County @ Lakeland
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 45-42 Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 5 Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids
DSL Brewers R 17-16 DSL Pirates 11, DSL Brewers 2 DSL Brewers @ DSL Pirates
Helena Brewers R 9-13 Orem 12, Helena 5 Helena @ Orem
AZL Brewers R 9-7 AZL Brewers 5, AZL Giants 3 OFF

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 52 39 -
Cardinals 49 42 3
Reds 48 42 3.5
Pirates 47 43 4.5
Cubs 38 51 13

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Dallas Beeler) @ Reds (Alfredo Simon) - 6:10 pm
  • Pirates (Brandon Cumpton) @ Cardinals (Lance Lynn) - 7:15 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers will try to stop their current skid in game three of their series against the Phillies. Roberto Hernandez will face Kyle Lohse in tonight's game. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and Erik Bacharach of has the preview.