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What We Learned: Cold offense in cold Chicago

The Brewers offense went cold yesterday, and not even a blast of heat from Ryan Braun was enough to overcome it. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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Yesterday's Results

Cubs 4, Brewers 3

Jimmy Nelson worked hard to get through 5 1/3 innings, but couldn't pitch much more and ended up getting charged with three runs (only one earned) when Aaron Hill committed an error and Carlos Torres allowed an RBI triple to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead, which they expanded a little later to 4-1. Ryan Braun pinch-hit with a two-RBI double, but that wasn't enough as the Cubs won the first game of the series.

Brewers News & Notes

Links from BCB

Other Brewers News and Notes

Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 8-10 Colorado Springs 11, Omaha 9 OFF
Biloxi Shuckers AA 14-5 Mississippi 9, Biloxi 3 OFF
Brevard County Manatees A+ 3-16 Lakeland 3, Brevard County 0 Lakeland @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 8-11 Wisconsin 4, Great Lakes 3 Great Lakes @ Wisconsin

News & Notes

NL Central Update

Yesterday’s Division Games

  • Mets 4, Reds 3
  • Pirates 9, Rockies 4
  • Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 2

Today's Division Games

  • Reds @ Mets - 6:10 pm
    Jon Moscot vs. Matt Harvey
  • Pirates @ Rockies - 7:40 pm
    Jon Niese vs. Jon Gray
  • Cardinals @ Diamondbacks - 8:40 pm
    Adam Wainwright vs. Patrick Corbin
Around Baseball

Roster News

Other Notes

  • From Hall of Famers to Hello Kitty, ranking each MLB team's bobblehead giveaways
    David Schoenfield, ESPN SweetSpot
    The Brewers came in at #25 in his ranking of all teams bobblehead giveaways this season. It's disappointing, especially considering he didn't consider the special bobbleheads for theme nights, the Hank the Ballpark Pup bobblehead, or the fact that all fans get the bobbleheads.
  • The New Professional Orthodoxy
    Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee
    In the world of the front office, there has been a trend to find the more advanced stats that can better predict player performance and get an advantage on the rest of the league. This has led to a change in front office philosophies, especially with the hiring of personnel.
  • Statheads Are The Best Free Agent Bargains In Baseball
    Ben Lindbergh, FiveThirtyEight
    Employing people with a better understanding of statistics has helped teams outperform expectations. However, as more teams switch to this approach, prices are going up as analytics become more competitive.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi would like to ban shift from baseball
    Andrew Marchand, ESPN
    Joe Girardi is one person in baseball who would like to see infield shifts banned, saying that it goes against the original intent of the game. His comments game after starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid due to an infield shift.
  • A's mourn death of right-hander Murphy
    Danny Wild,
    Minor league pitcher Sean Murphy died on Monday at the age of 27. He had spent six seasons in the Athletics organization, and last pitched in 2014 at the Triple-A level. He spent all of 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery and was serving a suspension to start the 2016 season.
Today's Action

Brewers vs. Cubs - 7:05 pm
Taylor Jungmann vs. Jake Arrieta