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What We Learned: Defeating the Red Sox in more ways than one

The Brewers got a win over the Red Sox to start their series, but had already got a win over them before the game started. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Boston Red Sox v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Recent Results

Brewers 11, Red Sox 7

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Ryan Braun and the Learning Process of the 10-Day DL | -JP-, BCB

Though Ryan Braun did return to action last night, his injury had basically kept him out for eight days, just short of the ten days he could have spent on the DL. Would placing him on the DL have been a better decision?

Milwaukee Brewers 2017 MLB Draft Preview: The Long Shots | Brad Ford, BCB

The MLB Draft is just under a month away. To kick it off, here are some of the players considered long shots for the Brewers to draft.

Milwaukee Brewers Expected to Sign Two Top International Prospects | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Meanwhile, the new international signing period is two months away, and the Brewers are already linked with two of the top available prospects in the pool.

Series Preview: Boston Red Sox @ Milwaukee Brewers | Jaymes L, BCB

The Red Sox are in Milwaukee for a rare series. While the Brewers will miss the Red Sox top starter, they still could have a rough road ahead in this series.

Links from Other Sites

Inbox: Woodruff on rise in Brewers' system? | Adam McCalvy,

In a mailbag on the Brewers website, Adam McCalvy answered questions on Brandon Woodruff, Rene Garcia, the bullpen, and more.

Shaw, Thornburg in different situations | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

While Travis Shaw is thriving in Milwaukee, Tyler Thornburg hasn’t thrown a pitch in a game yet for the Red Sox as he recovers on the 60-day DL.

Get to Know: Q&A with Brewers catcher Jett Bandy | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An interview with Jett Bandy, who came to the Brewers during the offseason in a trade with the Angels.

Fun with Pythagoreas: Winning Now! | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Running the results so far through the expected win-loss records, and comparing them to projection, it looks like the Brewers surge so far is right in line with what was expected, though it is on the higher end of expectations.

Decisions coming for Brewers | Ben Hertel, Dairyland Express

With prospects continuing to impress in the minors and injury returns expected in the near future, the Brewers will have to make some decisions in their starting rotation.

Looking at Travis Shaw’s Numbers vs. Current Red Sox Third Basemen |

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have a mess at third base following their trade of Travis Shaw, with nowhere near the production Shaw has provided coming from the position.

2018 Vesting Options Update | Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors

In an update on Matt Garza’s option for 2018, it will likely come in at $5 million for the Brewers, as the $13 million option can’t vest at this point and it’s unlikely he’ll end up at the $1 million option. (To be accurate, Garza could still drop to the $1 million option if he goes on the DL for the rest of the season in the next month.)

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 20-8

  • Monday: Fresno 5, Colorado Springs 12
  • Tuesday: Fresno 5, Colorado Springs 8
  • Wednesday: Off Day

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 16-16

  • Monday: Biloxi 7, Jacksonville 5
  • Tuesday: Biloxi 6, Jacksonville 4
  • Wednesday: Biloxi @ Jacksonville | 11:05 am

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 13-18

  • Monday: Off Day
  • Tuesday: Carolina 1, Lynchburg 4
  • Wednesday: Carolina @ Lynchburg | (5:30 pm DH)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 14-15

  • Monday: Wisconsin 2, Fort Wayne 0
  • Tuesday: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 2
  • Wednesday: Wisconsin @ Fort Wayne | 10:05 am

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Monday, May 8
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Tuesday, May 9

News and Notes

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Nathan Kirby undergoes another elbow surgery | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The rough road for Nathan Kirby continued this week, as he needed another elbow surgery and will miss 2 to 3 more months.

Jed Bradley Talks About Walking Away from the Game | GoGregGo, BCB FanShot

In a recent interview with FanGraphs, former Brewers prospect Jed Bradley discussed his decision to retire from baseball.

NL Central Updates

Monday’s Games

  • Yankees 10, Reds 4
  • Cardinals 9, Marlins 4
  • Pirates 1, Dodgers 12

Yesterday’s Games

  • Cubs 4, Rockies 10
  • Yankees 3, Reds 5
  • Cardinals 6, Marlins 5
  • Cubs 8, Rockies 1
  • Pirates 3, Dodgers 4

Today’s Games

  • Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Rockies (German Marquez) | 2:10 pm
  • Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @ Marlins (Tom Koehler) | 6:10 pm
  • Pirates (Chad Kuhl) @ Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) | 9:10 pm
  • Reds have the day off.

Today’s Action

Brewers (Chase Anderson) vs. Red Sox (Kyle Kendrick) | 7:10 pm