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What we learned: September 16, 2014

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Today's lessons include the beginning of the most important stretch of the Brewers season, as well as the beginning of minor league musical chairs.

John Konstantaras

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

The next six games are the most critical games of the Brewers season.

Just three weeks ago, we were thinking that the Brewers would come to this series against the Cardinals fighting for the NL Central title. Now, the Brewers are just fighting to remain in the playoff picture. Noah spelled out the importance of this next series (and the one following it) yesterday, and how the Brewers season rests on what happens in these six games. The Brewers could find themselves back in a playoff spot at the end of this, or could even be eliminated by the time it is done. The importance of these games cannot be overstated. The only thing left to see is if the Brewers can come through.

Minor league musical chairs begins today.

Today, MLB teams will officially be told which minor league affiliates have not renewed their player development contracts with MLB clubs and are officially available for affiliation. Entering today, three of the Brewers affiliates have not announced new deals with the Brewers: the Nashville Sounds, Huntsville/Biloxi Stars, and Brevard County Manatees. By all reports, it appears as though Nashville is as good as gone and will be the new affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, leaving the Brewers looking for a new Triple-A affiliate. Huntsville/Biloxi and Brevard County appear to be on track to be renewed (either with a formal deal or auto-renewal), but nothing has been announced yet. It's still possible all could be renewed, or all could be gone. We should get more clarity on it today.

Cram Session

Division Update

Team W L GB
Cardinals 83 67 -
Pirates 79 70 3.5
Brewers 78 72 5
Reds 71 80 12.5
Cubs 66 84 17

Today's Division Games

  • Red Sox (Anthony Ranaudo) @ Pirates (Charlie Morton) - 6:05 pm
  • Reds (Johnny Cueto) @ Cubs (Jake Arrieta) - 7:05 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers begin a three-game series in St. Louis tonight against the Cardinals. Yesterday, Derek previewed the entire series for the Brewers, which is about as critical as they can get. Wily Peralta faces off against Lance Lynn in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 7:15 pm, and Joe Morgan of MLB.com has the preview.