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What We Learned: Anderson and Nelson headline the weekend

Back-to-back pitching gems from Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson headline the weekend. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers activate Junior Guerra, officially DL Ryan Braun | Jaymes L, BCB

Junior Guerra officially made his return on Friday, taking Ryan Braun’s place on the roster as he went to the DL.

BCB Mailbag 24: Trading Hader to the 1926 Red Sox | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In Friday’s mailbag, topics included using advanced statistics in the 1920s, bringing up an outfield prospect, and buying Brewers wine.

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers Week 8 In Review | eddiemathews, BCB

A look back at the eighth week of the regular season, which was a rough one for the Brewers, but with a bright finish.

It’s Memorial Day, and the Milwaukee Brewers are in 1st Place | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Though they did fall out of first place for a few days recently, the Brewers came into Memorial Day with control of first place in the division.

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ New York Mets | Jaymes L, BCB

The Brewers are in New York for a quick four-game road trip, with an opportunity to build on their road record and division lead a little more.

Craig Counsell was not happy about a replay decision | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanShot

Craig Counsell earned his first ejection of the season after arguing a replay call that should have gone the Brewers way.

Brewers History: The University of Hawaii at Manoa | corsac, BCB FanPost

The Brewers were active at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for several years, taking 20 of the 105 players who entered MLB from the school.

BCB Tracking Poll - Week 9 | aaronetc, BCB FanPost

The tracking poll for week 9 is up, with a end of month focus on smaller topics about the Brewers.

Links from Other Sites

Nelson, Anderson give Crew's staff momentum | Adam McCalvy,

Back-to-back strong starts from Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson have given the Brewers pitching staff a shot of good momentum that it needed.

Aguilar making case to crack Crew's lineup | Chris Bumbaca,

With Eric Thames hurting and struggling at the plate, Jesus Aguilar is making a strong case to earn more playing time.

Bigger, stronger Chase Anderson put sagging Brewers on his shoulders with pitching gem | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As part of his offseason routine, Chase Anderson put on some extra muscle in his workouts. It has resulted in a faster fastball this season, which helped him through Saturday’s no-hit bid.

Jimmy Nelson commands his pitches in win | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Following up Anderson’s performance, Jimmy Nelson used superior control to dominate the Diamondbacks lineup on Sunday.

Notes: Adjustments made by Orlando Arcia at the plate are starting to show results | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After falling to nearly .200 in batting average, Orlando Arcia has made some adjustments and his numbers are beginning to recover.

Greinke trade was huge deal involving many other teams | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Zack Greinke trade created one of the biggest trade trees in recent years, and it’s still generating more branches as the years continue to pass.

It’s Not Time to Talk About the Brewers | Dave Cameron, FanGraphs

Despite the Brewers surge to start the season, FanGraphs sees a collapse coming for them and a losing record by the end of the year.

The real reason why Brewers’ Eric Thames is getting drug tested more frequently | Ken Rosenthal,

Though Eric Thames did get several drug tests so far this season, it’s just a part of the overall increased drug testing that started this year.

Milwaukee Brewers on trade-value rollercoaster in first two months | Jonathan Powell, Outside Pitch Sports Network

Several Brewers have lost trade value this season with their performances, though there is still time to recover.

Entering Upsidedown | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

The Brewers have been part of an unexpected year all around baseball, though their true test is coming in the next few weeks.

Road wins key so far for surprising Twins, Brewers | Noah Trister, AP

Part of the Brewers success so far in 2017 has been victories on the road, though the home victories have been lacking.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 29-18

  • Friday: New Orleans 5, Colorado Springs 10
  • Saturday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville (Suspended Rain)
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs 8, Nashville 0
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs 1, Nashville 2
  • Monday: Colorado Springs 6, Nashville 0
  • Tuesday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville | 3:05 pm (DH)

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 26-24

  • Friday: Biloxi 2, Tennessee 3
  • Saturday: Biloxi 5, Tennessee 6
  • Sunday: Biloxi 2, Tennessee 1
  • Monday: Off Day
  • Tuesday: Mobile @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 27-24

  • Friday: Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina 5
  • Saturday: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2
  • Sunday: Myrtle Beach 1, Carolina 4
  • Monday: Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 3
  • Tuesday: Off Day

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 23-25

  • Friday: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 4
  • Saturday: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 1
  • Sunday: Wisconsin 2, Clinton 9
  • Monday: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 11
  • Tuesday: Wisconsin @ Peoria | 7:00 pm

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Friday, May 26
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Saturday, May 27
Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Roundup: Week 7
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Sunday, May 28

News and Notes

Conversion from starter to reliever has sparked Milwaukee Brewers prospect in Biloxi | Patrick Ochs, Sun Herald

Bubba Derby is converting from starter to reliever in Biloxi this season, and so far the conversion is working well for him.

Mock Drafts and More… | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

The MLB Draft is set for next week, and mock drafts are coming out, predicting who the Brewers could take.

Brewers dip into Cuba for Martinez Jr. | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

The Brewers made their signing of international prospect Ernesto Martinez Jr. official last week.

NL Central Updates

Last Weekend’s Games

Reds @ Phillies

  • Friday: Reds 5, Phillies 2
  • Saturday: Reds 3, Phillies 4
  • Sunday: Reds 8, Phillies 4

Mets @ Pirates

  • Friday: Mets 8, Pirates 1
  • Saturday: Mets 4, Pirates 5
  • Sunday: Mets 7, Pirates 2

Cardinals @ Rockies

  • Friday: Cardinals 0, Rockies 10
  • Saturday: Cardinals 3, Rockies 0
  • Sunday: Cardinals 4, Rockies 8

Cubs @ Dodgers

  • Friday: Cubs 0, Dodgers 4
  • Saturday: Cubs 0, Dodgers 5
  • Sunday: Cubs 4, Dodgers 9

Monday’s Games

  • Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1
  • Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 4
  • Cubs 2, Padres 5
  • Reds 2, Blue Jays 17

Tuesday’s Games

  • Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Pirates (Ivan Nova) | 6:05 pm
  • Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) | 6:05 pm
  • Reds (Asher Wojciechowski) @ Blue Jays (J.A. Happ) | 6:07 pm
  • Cubs (Eddie Butler) @ Padres (Dinelson Lamet) | 9:10 pm

Today’s Games

Brewers (Zach Davies) @ Mets (Tyler Pill) | 6:10 pm