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What We Learned: On the wrong end of two rallies

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The Brewers lost on back-to-back days from rallies by the Cubs. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Recent Results

Cubs 9, Brewers 7
Cubs 7, Brewers 4

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Appreciating the all-around hitting skills of Eric Thames | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Eric Thames has shown off his skills at the plate during this road trip, and many are taking notice. It’s an effort that has been impressive all-around.

John Lackey might’ve implied that Eric Thames is on PEDs | Jaymes L, BCB

Of course, his surge to start the season is also attracting some negative attention. In his press conference after Monday’s game, John Lackey didn’t directly accuse Eric Thames of anything, but there may have been an implication of PED usage.

Optimizing the Brewers' Bullpen Usage | Jack Stern, BCB

In Wednesday’s game, the bullpen imploded and it led to the Cubs rally and eventual victory. Did Craig Counsell screw up his bullpen usage?

Links from Other Sites

Brewers recall Easter miracle, 30 years later | Adam McCalvy,

Thirty years ago, the Brewers extended their season-opening winning streak thanks to a tying home run from Rob Deer and a game-winning home run from Dale Sveum.

Counsell preaches patience with slow starts | Adam McCalvy,

A few players are struggling with slow starts this season, and Craig Counsell is asking for patience for now as the players are allowed to play through their struggles.

Brewers on record-setting homer pace | Adam McCalvy,

Through sixteen games, the Brewers have hit 29 home runs, and are on pace for a record-setting season if the rate holds.

Could Jacob Barnes be another hidden gem for Milwaukee? | Gabe Stoltz, Disciples of Uecker

In his few appearances so far Jacob Barnes has shown some impressive results with his fastball and his slider.

The Scariest Eric Thames Stat | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

While hot starts aren’t always a predictor of a player’s season, the fact that Eric Thames is showing good selection on his pitches is evidence that he could maintain his pace.

Kyle Hendricks Walked Tommy Milone on Four Pitches | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

Walks issued to a pitcher at the plate are a rare thing. It’s even rarer for a pitcher to be walked on four pitches.

On Eric Thames, Hot Starts, and Baseball Fandom | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

After just two weeks, it’s impossible to tell if Eric Thames is a one-season wonder or if he will have the staying power closer to one of the superstars.

Thames and LaHair | Nathan DeSutter, BP Milwaukee

The story of the season so far for Eric Thames can draw comparisons to one of a former Cub: first baseman Bryan LaHair, who put together a big year in 2012 for the Cubs.

It’s National Look-alike Day: Let’s Look at Brewers Doppelgängers | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

On National Look-alike Day, here are some of the Brewers and some famous people that each of them resembles.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 9-3

  • Tuesday: Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 14
  • Wednesday: Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 13
  • Thursday: Memphis @ Colorado Springs | 7:40 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 6-7

  • Wednesday: Biloxi 1, Chattanooga 3
  • Wednesday: Biloxi 7, Chattanooga 4
  • Thursday: Biloxi @ Chattanooga | 6:15 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 6-6

  • Tuesday: Lynchburg 1, Carolina 0
  • Tuesday: Lynchburg 7, Carolina 1
  • Wednesday: Off Day
  • Thursday: Buies Creek @ Carolina | 6:00 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 6-7

  • Tuesday: Wisconsin 9, Clinton 5
  • Wednesday: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 6
  • Thursday: Peoria @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm

Check out our prospect reports for more information on minor league performances.

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Tuesday, April 18
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Wednesday, April 19

News and Notes

2013 Top 10 Lists 2: The Organizations | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Though building through the draft is important, one draft class doesn’t define an organization, and shouldn’t be expected in this year’s draft.

Brewers prospect thankful for ‘second chance, second life’ in Biloxi | Patrick Ochs, Sun Herald

Art Charles is getting a second chance to make the majors after a stint in independent ball. He’s playing with Double-A Biloxi this season after being selected in the Rule 5 draft during the offseason.

Minor League Mailbox: April 2017 | Miller Park Prospects

In an early season mailbag on the minors, topics include the struggles of Kodi Medeiros, the hot start for Mario Feliciano, and Eric Hanhold getting starts for Carolina.

NL Central Updates

Tuesday’s Games

Wednesday’s Games

Today’s Games

  • Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Reds (Scott Feldman) | 6:10 pm
  • Cubs and Pirates have the day off.

Today’s Action

Brewers (Zach Davies) vs. Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) | 7:10 pm