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What We Learned: Time to start the second half

The second half kicks off tonight with a series against the Phillies. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Brewers News and Notes

Trade season kicked off in full yesterday, but it wasn’t the Brewers that kicked it off. It was the Cubs, who traded several prospects to acquire Jose Quintana. While it’s a big acquisitio for them, the immediate response was that the Brewers shouldn’t panic and respond with a trade. The Brewers agreed with about half of that. While they didn’t panic, they did make a small trade of their own, acquiring reliever Tyler Webb from the Yankees. It was a small, smart trade, dealing a player who was blocked for a player with several years of control to help the bullpen. Webb was brought up right away, along with Brett Phillips from Triple-A. Michael Blazek was optioned down to clear a spot needed for one of them, and the other took the open spot from Junior Guerra’s DL stint.

The second half kicks off today, and the Brewers have a 5 12 game lead in the NL Central. Can they hold on to it? There’s 71 games to go, and it starts tonight with the opening of a three-game set against the Phillies.

Links from BCB

Corey Knebel’s struggles with too much rest
Jaymes L, BCB

Orlando Arcia is probably due to cool off
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers have earned the title of NL Central favorites
TimMuma, BCB

The Thursday Thinker: Post All-Star Game Rest

Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers to offer "Beerded Brewer IPA" ticket package for August 10th
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanShot

Links from Other Sites

Despite adversity, Crew in 1st place at break
Adam McCalvy,

Brewers' challenge in second half: Be themselves and not feel pressure to do too much
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers a playoff contender? Here are 3 reasons to believe, 3 reasons to doubt
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It’s time to take the Brewers seriously
Luis Torres, Beyond the Box Score

Five (More) Reasons the Brewers are in First Place (and the One Thing They Must Do to Win the Division)
javierleealaniz, Cream City Cables

Can MLB-Low $63M Brewers Really Take Down the World Series Champs?
Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

After slow start, shortstop Orlando Arcia is starting to blossom for first-place Brewers
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Examining Orlando Arcia’s Impressive First Half
Dylan Svoboda, BP Milwaukee

Brewers' Eric Thames looking for middle ground after blazing start followed by long slump
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Knebel enjoys ASG, even without pitching
Patrick Pinak,

Inbox: Knebel's control problems an issue?
Adam McCalvy,

Another Way Robot Umps Would Help
Travis Sawchik, FanGraphs

Underdog Rewards: Domingo Santana and the new age of Milwaukee Brewers
Jonathan Powell, OPSN

Decision looms for Crew as Deadline nears
Adam McCalvy,

Brewers Could Be In Mix For Brad Hand
Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 55-34

  • Wednesday: Off Day
  • Thursday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs (PPD Rain)
  • Friday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs | 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs | 6:00 pm (DH)
  • Sunday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs | 2:00 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 45-45

  • Wednesday: Biloxi 2, Jacksonville 3
  • Thursday: Birmingham 4, Biloxi 1
  • Friday: Birmingham @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm
  • Saturday: Birmingham @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm
  • Sunday: Birmingham @ Biloxi | 5:05 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 46-43

  • Wednesday: Down East 3, Carolina 7
  • Thursday: Down East 6, Carolina 3
  • Friday: Down East @ Carolina | 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Down East @ Carolina | 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Carolina @ Salem | 12:05 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 35-54

  • Wednesday: Wisconsin 7, Great Lakes 2
  • Thursday: Wisconsin 9, Great Lakes 1
  • Friday: Wisconsin @ Great Lakes | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Wisconsin @ Lansing | 6:05 pm
  • Sunday: Wisconsin @ Lansing | 1:05 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 13-21

  • Wednesday: DSL Phillies White @ DSL Brewers (SSPD Rain)
  • Thursday: DSL Brewers 5, DSL Rojos 13
  • Friday: DSL Rojos @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am
  • Saturday: Off Day
  • Sunday: Off Day

DSL Indians/Brewers (R) | 14-21

  • Wednesday: DSL Indians/Brewers 5, DSL Cubs1 10
  • Thursday: DSL Rays2 7, DSL Indians/Brewers 3
  • Friday: DSL Indians/Brewers @ DSL Rays2 (PPD Rain)
  • Saturday: Off Day
  • Sunday: Off Day

Helena Brewers (R) | 12-12

  • Wednesday: Helena 7, Idaho Falls 4
  • Thursday: Helena 2, Idaho Falls 7
  • Friday: Helena @ Idaho Falls | 8:15 pm
  • Saturday: Helena @ Ogden | 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: Helena @ Ogden | 5:00 pm

AZL Brewers (R) | 12-3

  • Wednesday: AZL Angels 3, AZL Brewers 9
  • Thursday: Off Day
  • Friday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Royals | 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: AZL White Sox @ AZL Brewers | 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Indians | 9:00 pm

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Thursday, July 13

Minor League News and Notes

Corbin Burnes, Lewis Brinson named in ESPN midseason top-50 prospects
Jaymes L, BCB

NL Central Update

This Weekend’s Games

Cubs @ Orioles

  • Friday: Mike Montgomery vs. Kevin Gausman | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Jake Arrieta vs. Wade Miley | 6:05 pm
  • Sunday: Jose Quintana vs. Ubaldo Jimenez | 12:35 pm

Cardinals @ Pirates

  • Friday: Mike Leake vs. Gerrit Cole | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Lance Lynn vs. TBD | 6:05 pm
  • Sunday: Carlos Martinez vs. TBD | 12:35 pm

Nationals @ Reds

  • Friday: Gio Gonzalez vs. Tim Adleman | 6:10 pm (MLB.TV Free Game)
  • Saturday: Max Scherzer vs. Luis Castillo | 6:10 pm
  • Sunday: Tanner Roark vs. Homer Bailey | 12:10 pm

Upcoming Games

Brewers vs. Phillies

  • Friday: Nick Pivetta vs. Zach Davies | 7:10
  • Saturday: Ivan Nola vs. Jimmy Nelson | 6:10 pm
  • Sunday: Jeremy Hellickson vs. Matt Garza | 1:10 pm