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What we learned: August 1, 2014

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Today's lessons revolve around a packed trade deadline.

Christian Petersen

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

The trade deadline passed yesterday with the Brewers making one acquisition.

Yesterday at 3 pm CT, the non-waiver trade deadline for MLB passed. It was one of the busiest days on the trade deadline in a long time, with several players moving in a flurry of moves. The Brewers did make one move on the day, acquiring OF Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. Parra has been a good outfielder in his career for the Diamondbacks, though was struggling through this season. Even in his struggles, he represents an upgrade as a fourth outfielder for the Brewers, and is a little more than a rental as the Brewers can bring him back next year (though his anticipated contract means it's not an easy decision). It remains to be seen how the Brewers will use him. Early thoughts are as a bench bat & late inning defender, though could also make a couple starts a week to give other outfielders days off.

Meanwhile, around the division, there were moves going on, but nothing too big. After acquiring Justin Masterson on Wednesday, the Cardinals acquired John Lackey yesterday. These moves bolster the Cardinals rotation and also cleared space for a top prospect to be called up, as the Cardinals fight for a playoff spot. On the Pirates side, rumors kept coming up for them (including a fake one that got media coverage about Rays player Ben Zobrist) but the Pirates ended the day making no moves. Same went for the Reds, though towards the deadline rumors came out that they were taking offers on Mat Latos, potentially looking like sellers. Finally, the Cubs made a few moves, but most were building for the future. The fears of David Price coming to the division didn't come true, and Price ended up with the Tigers.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 60-52 Colorado Springs 6, Nashville 0
Nashville 5, Colorado Springs 4
Friday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs
Friday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs
Saturday:
Nashville @ New Orleans
Sunday: Nashville @ New Orleans
Huntsville Stars AA 65-46 Jacksonville 8, Huntsville 1 Friday: Jacksonville @ Huntsville
Saturday: Jacksonville @ Huntsville
Sunday: Jacksonville @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 55-47 Jupiter 1, Brevard County 0 Friday: Brevard County @ Bradenton
Saturday: Brevard County @ Bradenton
Sunday: Brevard County @ Bradenton
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 58-50 Wisconsin 7, Kane County 3 Friday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
Saturday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
Sunday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 22-30 DSL Brewers 14, DSL Blue Jays 2 Friday: DSL Phillies @ DSL Brewers
Saturday: DSL Brewers @ DSL Phillies
Helena Brewers R 16-28 Billings 7, Helena 3 Friday: Helena @ Missoula
Saturday: Helena @ Missoula
AZL Brewers R 15-18 AZL Dodgers 11, AZL Brewers 1 Friday: AZL Dodgers @ AZL Brewers
Saturday: AZL Rangers @ AZL Brewers
Sunday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Rangers

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 60 49 -
Cardinals 57 50 2
Pirates 57 51 2.5
Reds 54 54 5.5
Cibs 45 62 14

This Weekend's Division Games

  • Pirates @ Diamondbacks
    Friday: Edinson Volquez vs. Vidal Nuno
    Saturday: Vance Worley vs. Chase Anderson
    Suinday: Francisco Liriano vs. Trevor Cahill
  • Reds @ Marlins
    Friday: Mat Latos vs. Jarred Cosart
    Saturday: Homer Bailey vs. Nathan Eovaldi
    Suinday: Mike Leake vs. Henderson Alvarez
  • Cubs @ Dodgers
    Friday: Kyle Hendricks vs. Dan Haren
    Saturday: Tsuyoshi Wada vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Suinday: Edwin Jackson vs. Josh Beckett

This Weekend's Action

The Brewers start a critical three-game series in St. Louis tonight. Here are the starting pitcher matchups for the weekend:

Friday: Wily Peralta vs. Adam Wainwright
Saturday: Jimmy Nelson vs. Justin Masterson
Suinday: Kyle Lohse vs. Lance Lynn