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What We Learned: Welcome to Opening Day

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It’s finally here. Today is Opening Day. There’s a lot to catch up on before first pitch in today’s What We Learned.

Colorado Rockies v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

This Weekend’s Action

Brewers 5, White Sox 2
Brewers 5, White Sox 4


Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Taylor Jungmann makes Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen; Tyler Cravy, Rob Scahill upset at being cut | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The final roster spots were decided over the weekend, as Taylor Jungmann earned one of the final spots in the bullpen. Both Tyler Cravy and Rob Scahill ended up missing the cut, and neither were happy about it. Cravy was the more vocal one, going as far as to say he might quit (he later said he will report and has no intention to quit).

Milwaukee Brewers Close to Signing Jared Hughes, per report
Milwaukee Brewers sign Jared Hughes to 1-year deal
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The final spot on the roster went to a signing right before the roster deadline, as the Brewers added veteran pitcher Jared Hughes to the bullpen.

Andrew Susac, Matt Garza placed on 10-day DL for Milwaukee Brewers | -JP-, BCB

Two players that missed the Opening Day roster are Andrew Susac and Matt Garza, who will both start the season on the disabled list.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Catcher Rene Garcia taken to hospital following collision at home | Jaymes L, BCB

In a scary moment in Saturday’s game, Rene Garcia ended up colliding with White Sox player Nicky Delmonico on a play at the plate and remained on the ground for several minutes. He eventually was carted off the field and taken to the hospital for tests. Luckily, he only sustained some swelling in his knee, though has also been put in the concussion protocol as a precaution.

Poll: What will the Milwaukee Brewers record be this year? | eddiemathews, BCB

What do you think the Brewers record will be this season? Make sure to answer in the poll before it closes with first pitch of today’s game.

Planning Your Life Around the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers Season | -JP-, BCB

With the Brewers scheduled to play for the next six months, proper planning is important to maximize your viewing time of the Brewers and still live out your normal life.

BCB Mailbag 20: The Expansion Draft | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In Friday’s mailbag, topics included players to protect from an expansion draft, predictions on which player will perform better, and why certain questions don’t get answered.

Sunday Sundries - Spring Training Finale | eddiemathews, BCB

A wrap-up of the final week of spring with the final Sunday Sundries of Spring Training.

Introducing the BCB Rewards Program! | -JP-, BCB

In a tribute on April Fools’ Day, we introduced the BCB Rewards Program for the members of Brew Crew Ball.

nullacct's Bold Predictions for the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers | nullacct, BCB FanPost

Over in the FanPosts, nullacct has his own bold predictions for the upcoming season?

2017 Brewers 40-man roster (with how acquired) | tdgbp, BCB FanPost

Prior to Opening Day, tdgbp went through the 40-man roster and has a list of how the Brewers acquired each player on the roster.


Links from Other Sites

Counsell emphasizes "no limits" for Crew | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Craig Counsell had one message for the team this spring: There’s no limits on what they are capable of.

Brewers' roster reflects youth, potential | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The Brewers roster easily reflects the youth of the team, as nine players are making their first Opening Day roster, including some players in key positions on the team.

Milone expects adjustment period in bullpen | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

For the first time in his career, Tommy Milone will be working out of the bullpen, and it will be a new experience for him as he adjusts to it.

5 Statcast storylines for '17 Brewers | David Adler, Brewers.com

Advanced stats provide new ways to follow the Brewers this year, and there was some intriguing Statcast storylines to follow.

Q&A: Brewers manager Craig Counsell ready for another 'roller-coaster' season | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

With the season about to begin, Tom Haudricourt sat down with manager Craig Counsell about the challenges facing the team in the upcoming season.

Ryan Braun has veteran view of Brewers rebuild | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As the longest-tenured Brewer (by a wide margin), Ryan Braun remembers the rebuilding phase from back when he originally joined the team.

2017 Roster | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Even though there’s plenty of potential on this year’s roster, there’s also several reasons to believe that the Brewers wasted potential this offseason.

Milwaukee Brewers Preview: 5 Fearless Predictions for 2017 | Tim Muma, Dairyland Express

Though the 2017 figures to be one filled with growing pains, here are five things that could go well for the team in 2017.

Three reasons to believe — or not believe — in the 2017 Brewers | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There are reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season for the Brewers, but also reasons to doubt their potential.

Milwaukee Brewers: On to next phase of rebuild in 2017 | Ben Hertel, Daryland Express

With the majority of the tradeable pieces gone from the Brewers, the team is moving on to the next stage of the rebuild by developing those players.

Haudricourt: Which Brewers players will take next step? | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

While there is plenty of potential on this year’s team, in all likelihood some players will develop well, while others will fall behind.

Brewers pitchers Junior Guerra, Zach Davies didn't let opportunities slip away | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Two players who did step up are Junior Guerra and Zach Davies, as both took advantage of their opportunities and became key parts of the Brewers rotation.

Brewers Unveil “Brew Crew Bar” | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

The Brewers have a new “bar” available before games, and it will be open to the public for most weekend games and available for private rental for every other game.

Enjoy the “Taste of Miller Park” | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

The Brewers are offering a special ticket package on May 27, which will include vouchers to try some of the Brewers new food choices.

Brewers 2017 Walk-Up & Entrance Music | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

As usual, the Brewers players have made their choices for walk-up & entrance music, and here’s the compiled list of their choices.

Here are the 10 best giveaways of the 2017 MLB season (Big League Stew) | Liz Roscher, Big League Stew

The Bob Uecker 8-ball giveaway is ranked among the top giveaways in MLB this season.

Notes: Return to Milwaukee special for funnyman Tim Dillard | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tim Dillard got to return to Milwaukee and wear a Brewers uniform for the two exhibition games this weekend against the White Sox.

Another baseball summer for longtime Brewers vendor | Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Even though he’s not out selling beer like he used to, Dan McKinney is ready for his 64th year working concessions in Milwaukee.


Minor League Notes

Player Pages: Zack Clark | Miller Park Prospects

A profile for minor league outfielder Zack Clark.

Spring Training Notebook | Miller Park Prospects

After spending some time in Brewers minor league camp, here are ten takeaways from the spring training visit.

Brewers' minor-league affiliates at a glance | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A quick look at the upcoming seasons for the Brewers minor league affiliates.

Orlando Arcia and Jacob Barnes make first Opening Day Roster for Brewers | Chris Harris, The Shuck Dynasty

Among the players making their first ever Opening Day roster are former Shuckers Orlando Arcia and Jacob Barnes.

Frosty Microbrews: Rattlers' impact felt in Cactus League | Kyle Lobner, TimberRattlers.com

Some members of the Timber Rattlers made an impact in the Brewers spring training games this year, as they prepare for their minor league season.

New Food Items and Concession Stands for 2017 | Chris Mehring, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Timber Rattlers have some of the more unique concession items in all of minor league baseball, and they have added to their lineup for this season.


NL Central Update

Yesterday’s Games

Today’s Games

  • Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Red Sox (Rick Porcello) | 1:05 pm
  • Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) @ Reds (Scott Feldman) | 3:10 pm
  • Cardinals and Cubs have the day off.

Today’s Action

Brewers (Junior Guerra) vs. Rockies (Jon Gray) | 1:10 pm