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What We Learned: Losing four plus more

The Brewers have lost four straight games, the NL Central lead, as well as Ryan Braun for a while. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Recent Results

Blue Jays 4, Brewers 3
Blue Jays 8, Brewers 4
Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 0

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Ryan Braun removed from game after more calf tightness | Jaymes L, BCB
Ryan Braun headed back to DL, ‘wasn’t at 100%’ when he returned | Jaymes L, BCB

In last night’s game, Ryan Braun came out of the game early after more calf tightness. It was announced that he would go back on the DL and likely need a longer stint this time. In addition, Braun revealed that he wasn’t nearly at 100% when he had returned the first time.

The Milwaukee Brewers are using their bullpen at a near-historic rate | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

With short starts a nightly occurrence for the Brewers, the bullpen is being used for 4+ innings on many nights, putting them at pace for a near historical usage total.

Don’t assume that the Milwaukee Brewers won’t be buyers this year | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Even though the Brewers rebuild isn’t complete yet, the Brewers could make a trade at the deadline this year if the right deal comes along.

Looking back on 10 years of Ryan Braun with the Milwaukee Brewers | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Ryan Braun’s tenth anniversary with the Brewers officially occurred yesterday, giving us a chance to look back at those first ten years of his career.

Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Milwaukee Brewers | Jaymes L, BCB

Zack Greinke is back in town as the Brewers begin a four-game series against the Diamondbacks.

Knebel, Drake, and Thames collaborated with MillerCoors to create new beer | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanPost

Corey Knebel, Oliver Drake, and Eric Thames have been interested in beer brewing for a while, and recently worked with MillerCoors to make their own brand of beer to bring to Miller Park.

Why I’m a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Why eddiematthews is a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers | eddiemathews, BCB
Why icelandreliant is a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers | icelandreliant, BCB FanPost
Why diehardbrewer is a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers | diehardbrewer, BCB FanPost

As part of the redesign to the SB Nation pages, several people wrote posts about why they are fans of the Milwaukee Brewers.

BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 8 | aaronetc, BCB FanPost

Even as the Brewers began to stumble this week, responses are still mostly positive in the BCB Tracking Poll.

Fleeced - the ones that got away: The Outfield Version | justthestatsman, BCB FanPost

Though there is a desire to trade some outfielders away for players that can help the team now, some previously traded outfielders have gone on to great careers for other teams.

This Week in Memes | Yar Nivek, BCB FanPost

There have been some interesting conversations in the comments over the last week, and it has spawned many new memes.

Former Brewers still hanging around | icelandreliant, BCB FanPost

Many former Brewers have left major league baseball, but they are keeping their careers going in non-MLB affiliated leages and international leagues.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 26-17

  • Monday: Colorado Springs 11, Albuquerque 2
  • Tuesday: New Orleans 7, Colorado Springs 2
  • Wednesday: New Orleans 4, Colorado Springs 14
  • Thursday: New Orleans 6, Colorado Springs 7
  • Friday: New Orleans @ Colorado Springs | 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville | 4:35 pm
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville | 2:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 25-22

  • Monday: Chattanooga 4, Biloxi 3
  • Tuesday: Off Day
  • Wednesday: Biloxi 4, Tennessee 5
  • Thursday: Biloxi 4, Tennessee 10
  • Friday: Biloxi @ Tennessee | 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Biloxi @ Tennessee | 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: Biloxi @ Tennessee | 6:00 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 25-22

  • Monday: Carolina 7, Winston-Salem 6
  • Wednesday: Carolina 7, Down East 2
  • Wednesday: Carolina 0, Down East 4
  • Thursday: Carolina 1, Down East 3
  • Friday: Myrtle Beach @ Carolina | 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Myrtle Beach @ Carolina | 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Myrtle Beach @ Carolina | 5:00 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 21-23

  • Monday: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 12
  • Wednesday: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 2
  • Wednesday: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 3
  • Thursday: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 15
  • Friday: Wisconsin @ Clinton | 5:30 pm
  • Saturday: Wisconsin @ Clinton | 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: Wisconsin @ Clinton | 1:00 pm

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Monday, May 22
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Tuesday, May 23
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Wednesday, May 24
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Thursday, May 25

News and Notes

Trent Clark ranked as top trade chip for Milwaukee Brewers | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

If the Brewers decide to be buyers at the trade deadline, who could they trade away? One area that’s overflowing with prospects is the outfield, and the top trade chip available in that group could be Trent Clark.

Milwaukee Brewers 2017 MLB Draft Preview: High School Pitchers | Brad Ford, BCB

Continuing to look at the upcoming MLB Draft, here are some of the pitchers from high school that could be available for the Brewers to take.

NL Central Updates

Recent Games

Cardinals @ Dodgers

  • Tuesday: Cardinals 1, Dodgers 2
  • Wednesday: Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1
  • Thursday: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 7

Giants @ Cubs

  • Monday: Giants 6, Cubs 4
  • Tuesday: Giants 1, Cubs 4
  • Wednesday: Giants 4, Cubs 5
  • Thursday: Giants 1, Cubs 5

Indians @ Reds

  • Monday: Indians 1, Reds 5
  • Tuesday: Indians 8, Reds 7

Reds @ Indians

  • Wednesday: Reds 4, Indians 3
  • Thursday: Reds @ Indians (PPD)

Pirates @ Braves

  • Monday: Pirates 2, Braves 5
  • Tuesday: Pirates 5, Braves 6
  • Wednesday: Pirates 12, Braves 5
  • Thursday: Pirates 9, Braves 4

This Weekend’s Games

Reds @ Phillies

  • Friday: Tim Adleman vs. Aaron Nola | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Bronson Arroyo vs. Aaron Eickhoff | 3:05 pm
  • Sunday: Scott Feldman vs. Zach Eflin | 12:35 pm

Mets @ Pirates

  • Friday: Jacob deGrom vs. Chad Kuhl | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Zach Wheeler vs. Gerrit Cole | 6:15 pm
  • Sunday: Matt Harvey vs. Tyler Glasnow | 7:00 pm

Cardinals @ Rockies

  • Friday: Carlos Martinez vs. Antonio Senzatela | 7:40 pm
  • Saturday: Adam Wainwright vs. Kyle Freeland | 8:10 pm
  • Sunday: Lance Lynn vs. German Marquez | 2:10 pm

Cubs @ Dodgers

  • Friday: Jake Arrieta vs. Alex Wood | 9:10 pm
  • Saturday: John Lackey vs. Brandon McCarthy | 6:15 pm
  • Sunday: Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw | 3:10 pm

Upcoming Games

Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

  • Friday: Zach Godley vs. Junior Guerra | 7:10 pm
  • Saturday: Zach Greinke vs. Chase Anderson | 3:10 pm
  • Sunday: Patrick Corbin vs. Jimmy Nelson | 1:10 pm