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What We Learned: Flying high at the All-Star Break

The Brewers took 2 of 3 to enter the All-Star Break nine games over .500 and with a 5.5 game lead in the NL Central. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Brewers News and Notes

We’ve hit the All-Star Break, and the Brewers are not only still in first place, but they are continuing to build their lead more and more. It’s hit a season-high 5.5 games ahead of second place, and they are the only team above .500 in the NL Central. It’s a strange year in the National League as only five teams are above .500 at this point (and those are currently the five teams with playoff spots). If the season ended today, the Brewers would face the Nationals in the Division Series, while the NL West would basically stage their own mini-playoff for a spot in the Championship Series.

The Brewers also have the advantage of only having 71 games to go in the second half of the season. It doesn’t sound like much, but they’ve played the second-most games so far this season, tied with the Rockies and only one behind the Angels. Meanwhile, the Cubs, Cardinals, and Reds have all played 88 games, and the Pirates 89. That means there’s more rest in the upcoming schedule for the Brewers, and no double-headers scheduled for now. In fact, the Brewers longest streak of games in a row in the second half is 13 games. Having extra rest going down the stretch could be a big benefit for this team.

It’s not time to rest yet on that good schedule or that lead, though. A lot can happen in 71 games, and the Brewers can’t let up on the accelerator yet. However, they’ve got a margin of error heading into the second half now. Would playing around .500 (36-35) be enough to hit the postseason? That would mean the Cardinals and Cubs would have to play around 43-31 to catch up, which is still a reasonable goal. We’ve also seen some rough collapses (2014) in the second half of the season.

For now, it’s four days off as the Brewers prepare to start the second half of the season against the Phillies on Friday.

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers place Junior Guerra on 10-day disabled list
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Eric Thames says he never got a call for the Home Run Derby
Jaymes L, BCB

Ryan Braun says the Milwaukee Brewers are for real
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanPost

MLB Trade Rumors: Brewers interested in Sonny Gray, Jose Quintana
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers shake up rotation for first post All-Star break series
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

A mechanical flaw may be holding Junior Guerra back this season
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

BCB Mailbag 27: Remember “Pee Your Pants for the Brewers?”
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers Week 14 In Review
eddiemathews, BCB

Exclusive Interview with Former Brewer Jerry Reuss
brewqs, BCB FanPost

Brewers Top Prospect Mario Feliciano: The Humble Catcher
brewqs, BCB FanPost

BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 14
aaronetc, BCB FanPost

Links from Other Sites

Nelson disappointed to miss All-Star cut
Adam McCalvy,

Bullpen of the Week: Brewers
Doug Miller,

Things are out of whack between Brewers and Cubs
Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers getting contributions from deep roster
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Starting pitching will determine if surprising Brewers make it to playoffs
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

With help from his coaches, Jared Hughes adds slider to his sinkers
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

How the Brewers shocked everyone and took over the NL Central
Chris Cwik, Big League Stew

The Brewers Are Happening
Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

Remember Tomorrow: Beyond Buying and Selling
Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

A deeper look at Jimmy Nelson's breakout season
Ben Hertel, Dairyland Express

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 55-34

  • Friday: Colorado Springs 4, Round Rock 0
  • Saturday: Colorado Springs 9, Round Rock 10
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs 4, Round Rock 8
  • Monday: Off Day

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 44-42

  • Friday: Pensacola 3, Biloxi 1
  • Saturday: Pensacola 6, Biloxi 11
  • Sunday: Biloxi 0, Jacksonville 1
  • Monday: Biloxi @ Jacksonville | 6:05 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 45-41

  • Friday: Carolina 3, Winston-Salem 5
  • Saturday: Carolina 4, Winston-Salem 6
  • Sunday: Carolina 8, Winston-Salem 0
  • Monday: Carolina @ Winston-Salem | 6:00 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 33-53

  • Friday: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 3
  • Saturday: Burlington 10, Wisconsin 9
  • Sunday: Burlington 7, Wisconsin 4
  • Monday: Burlington @ Wisconsin | 12:05 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 11-20

  • Friday: DSL Brewers 2, DSL Mets2 3
  • Saturday: DSL Brewers 3, DSL D-backs2 7
  • Sunday: Off Day
  • Monday: DSL D-backs2 @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am

DSL Indians/Brewers (R) | 13-18

  • Friday: DSL Astros Orange 8, DSL Indians/Brewers 9
  • Saturday: DSL Dodgers2 6, DSL Indians/Brewers 7
  • Sunday: Off Day
  • Monday: DSL Indians/Brewers @ DSL Dodgers2 | 9:30 am

Helena Brewers (R) | 10-11

  • Friday: Billings 9, Helena 2
  • Saturday: Missoula 7, Helena 8
  • Sunday: Missoula 9, Helena 2
  • Monday: Missoula @ Helena | 8:05 pm

AZL Brewers (R) | 10-3

  • Friday: Off Day
  • Saturday: AZL Brewers 7, AZL Dodgers 6
  • Sunday: AZL Dodgers 13, AZL Dodgers 14
  • Monday: AZL Brewers @ AZL White Sox | 9:00 pm

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Friday, July 7
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Saturday, July 8
Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Roundup: Week 13
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Sunday, July 9

Minor League News and Notes

Baseball America ranks four Milwaukee Brewers in the midseason Top 100 prospects
Brad Ford, BCB

Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz among Baseball Prospectus’ midseason Top 50 prospects
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers make trade with Orioles for international signing bonus slots
Brad Ford, BCB

NL Central Updates

This Weekend’s Games

Pirates @ Cubs

  • Friday: Pirates 1, Cubs 6
  • Saturday: Pirates 4, Cubs 2
  • Sunday: Pirates 14, Cubs 3

Mets @ Cardinals

  • Friday: Mets 6, Cardinals 5
  • Saturday: Mets 1, Cardinals 4
  • Sunday: Mets 0, Cardinals 6

Reds @ Diamondbacks

  • Friday: Reds 3, Diamondbacks 6
  • Saturday: Reds 7, Diamondbacks 0
  • Sunday: Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1

Today’s Game

The All-Star Break is underway, but the Home Run Derby and other festivities will take place tonight.