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What We Learned: No Brewers All-Stars, Biloxi's road trip extended

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The Brewers don't have a leading candidate at any of the All-Star positions, and the Biloxi Shuckers will remain without a home for another couple of months. We look at those stories and more in today's What We Learned.

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The first update of All-Star voting results for the National League came out yesterday. It wasn't surprising that the Brewers weren't leading at any position this year. However, what was surprising is that no Brewers were listed among the top five (or top 15 for the outfield) at any position in the update. Usually, the Brewers have enough support that players will appear in the top five of their position even if they're not having a good year. This time, there's nothing on the update.

It does make sense that the Brewers wouldn't be in today's update for a few reasons. First of all, the team has the worst record in baseball, and that by itself will drag down support of the team. Second, the Brewers haven't had anyone playing well enough to get attention outside of Milwaukee. Jonathan Lucroy has missed most of the season with an injury. Adam Lind had a nice start to the season but has cooled down since. Scooter Gennett dealt with injuries, was struggling at the plate, and was sent to the minors. Jean Segura has missed time with an injury. Aramis Ramirez has been off to a slow start. Khris Davis has struggled to start this year. Carlos Gomez missed a few weeks with an injury. Ryan Braun just started playing better in the last week or two. While we may see one or two players jump into the top five (or top 15) in a future update, the players are so far behind now that any Brewers representatives will come from either the players' vote or as a manager's choice.

Meanwhile, the stadium troubles for the Biloxi Shuckers continue. They had begun selling tickets with the hope of being ready for a June 6 opening. However, that was officially struck down when the mayor of Biloxi said that the city will not pay the cost to accelerate construction for a June 6 opening. No date has been set for the new home opener, but the construction company has until August 4 to complete the project. Assuming that the park could host games right after that, it would put a home opener date of August 7 on the park, with only 20 home games at the park this year (plus any playoff games they would get, if that happens).

What does that mean for the Shuckers? In the immediate future, it means Biloxi will continue to play on the road for a while. Arrangements haven't been made for any additional neutral-site games, or games to be played in Huntsville. The 55 game road trip could be a 110 game road trip when all is said and done. An earlier opening date is still possible, but not assured in any way. For now, the Shuckers are stuck without a true home, and will continue to be the road warriors they have been so far this year.

Yesterday's Results

Giants 3, Brewers 1

The current losing streak reached five games following yesterday's loss. Mike Fiers came in and gave the Brewers a short start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs, eight hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Michael Blazek and Jonathan Broxton combined for three scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run in the ninth. However, the Brewers offense was held in check, limited to one run and six hits, all off of Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants bullpen pitched three perfect innings to lock down a sweep for the Giants.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 17-28 Colorado Springs 11, Las Vegas 1 Colorado Springs @ Las Vegas
Biloxi Shuckers AA 28-18 Biloxi 8, Chattanooga 6 Biloxi @ Chattanooga
Brevard County Manatees A+ 18-27 Charlotte 3, Brevard County 2 Charlotte @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 13-34 Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 3 Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids

News & Notes

NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 31 16
Cubs 25 21
Pirates 24 22
Reds 19 27
Brewers 16 32

Today's Division Games

  • Pirates (AJ Burnett) @ Padres (Ian Kennedy) - 9:10 pm
  • Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds all have the day off.
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The Brewers have the day off. They return to the field tomorrow to start a three game series against the Diamondbacks.