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What we learned: August 12, 2014

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Today's lessons include the NL MVP race, power rankings, and an argument for Jimmy Nelson going to the bullpen.

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Yesterday's Results

Brewers 3, Cubs 1

It was a pitcher's duel in Chicago, and Yovani Gallardo was the better pitcher in the duel. He held the Cubs to one run in seven innings. Meanwhile, the offense didn't have much, but it have enough to win. Mark Reynolds homered in the first inning for an early lead, and Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett tacked on runs to account for all of the scoring.

The Brewers have a small chance at having an MVP on the team.

A couple of players on the team have a chance at being the NL MVP this year: Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy. Both have stats that put them among the leaders in the league, though there are candidates ahead of both of them. Yesterday, Noah looked at the odds of either actually winning the award. Both have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to win, and really need a strong month and a half if they want to pull it off. The Brewers could use a MVP to make the postseason, so the question is if one of them will step up.

Cram Session

Power Rankings

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 66-56 Round Rock @ Nashville (PPD) Nashville @ El Paso
Huntsville Stars AA 70-50 OFF Huntsville @ Tennessee
Brevard County Manatees A+ 59-54 Clearwater 2, Brevard County 1 Brevard County @ Daytona (DH)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 64-54 OFF Clinton @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 26-35 DSL Brewers 9, DSL Blue Jays 7 DSL Brewers @ DSL Blue Jays
Helena Brewers R 19-34 OFF Idaho Falls @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 18-23 AZL Reds 4, AZL Brewers 3 AZL Giants @ AZL Brewers

News & Notes

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 66 53 -
Pirates 63 55 2.5
Cardinals 62 55 3
Reds 60 58 5.5
Cubs 50 67 15

Today's Division Games

  • Tigers (Robbie Ray) @ Pirates (Edinson Volquez) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Marlins (Jarred Cosart) - 6:10 pm
  • Red Sox (Joe Kelly) @ Reds (Mat Latos) - 6:10 pm

Today's Action

Game two of the series takes place tonight at Wrigley Field. Wily Peralta will face Kyle Hendricks in tonight's game. First pitch is at 7:05 pm, and Daniel Kramer of MLB.com has the preview.

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