The downward spiral continued for the Brewers yesterday. Wily Peralta was good for five innings, then got tagged for six runs in his last two innings yesterday. The offense managed only three hits and a walk. Ryan Braun kept it from being a shutout with his first home run of the season, but that was the only highlight from another dismal game.
The Brewers have hit rock bottom.
What we thought was bad before somehow became worse last night. Not only did the Brewers lose their sixth straight game, but two injuries over the course of the day further depleted the team. First, earlier in the day we learned that Scooter Gennett cut his hand while showering following Sunday's game, needed stitches and potentially could need a DL stint if it prevents him from playing beyond a few days. Then, in yesterday's game, Jonathan Lucroy left the game in the sixth inning after taking a foul ball off of his foot., Following the game, it was announced that he would go on the 15-day DL with a broken toe, and Juan Centeno was being called up to fill his roster spot. So far, very little has gone well for the team. The question now is where they go from here.
Brewers News & Notes
- Prior to yesterday's game, Noah put in perspective just how bad the Brewers start has been with a list of stats about where the Brewers rank in many stat categories. Spoiler alert: They are near or at the bottom in most of them.
- Derek also put together a series preview of the Brewers-Reds series before yesterday's game.
- Two FanPosts came up yesterday trying to inject some humor into the site. First, nullacct posted a parody of the Brewers new ad campaign reflecting the current state of the team. Also, great198 has the top 10 reasons why this year's team has been bad.
More on the Brewers' Terrible Start
- The Brewers are trying to stay positive during these early struggles, but the numbers around the team are bad. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com runs through some of the key numbers behind the Brewers bad start.
- Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker talks about Murphy's Law as he discusses the current state of the team and breaks down some pitches from last night's start by Wily Peralta.
- If you want to avoid the pain of talking about this season so far, you may want to avoid this article. Mike Petriello of FanGraphs breaks down what has gone wrong for the Brewers this season, and why it was wrong to expect them to contend.
- If you're looking for a bit of good news, there's some about Carlos Gomez. Adam McCalvy reports that Gomez took batting practice yesterday and is hopeful he will return after a minimum DL stint.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||3-8||Nashville 11, Colorado Springs 5||Colorado Springs @ Round Rock|
|Biloxi Shuckers||AA||5-4||Jacksonville @ Biloxi (PPD)||Jacksonville @ Biloxi (DH)|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||5-5||Lakeland @ Brevard County (PPD)||Lakeland @ Brevard County (DH)|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||3-9||Wisconsin 4, Peoria 2
Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
|Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin|
News & Notes
- On The Shuck Dynasty blog, Thaddeus Krzus looks at the first week of action for the Brewers affiliates, with a focus on the week of the Biloxi Shuckers.
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has a profile of newest Brewers callup Juan Centeno.
- On Reviewing the Brew, Michael Trzinski looks at another great offensive season in the minors with a profile of the 1984 season of Doug Loman. Also, Pete Schwichtenberg believes that the Brewers should move Victor Roache to first base.
NL Central Update
- Cubs 5, Pirates 2
- Cardinals had the day off.
Today's Division Games
- Cubs (Travis Wood) @ Pirates (Francisco Liriano) - 6:05 pm
- Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @ Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) - 6:05 pm
- The Braves signed RHP Mitchell Boggs to a minor-league deal.
- The Cardinals will call up pitcher Mitch Harris today and place Peter Bourjos on the paternity list.
- The Cubs called up shortstop Addison Russell.
- The White Sox designated RHP Kyle Drabek for assignment.
- Statcast will make its debut on MLB Network tonight. Paul Casella of MLB.com has a rundown of what you need to know about this new technology.
- How common are early season firings? With rumors about Marlins manager Mike Redmond's job being in jeopardy, Charlie Wilmoth of MLB Trade Rumors looks at the list of managers who were fired early in the season and what teams expect when it happens.
- Despite winning yesterday, Reds manager Bryan Price was unhappy about some recent reports that could help some of the Reds opponents. This resulted in a five-minute tirade from Price that was strong in both content and profanity.
- If you went to Miller Park during Spring Madness, you probably had a hot dog or two that wasn't the greatest around, but it was decent for the price. Chris Cwik of Big League Stew notes that in Kansas City, fans got a very bad product on their $1 hot dog night (including some pictures of what the fans got).
The Brewers take another shot at breaking their losing streak tonight against the Reds. Mike Fiers will start for the Brewers and Jason Marquis makes the start for the Reds. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.