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What We Learned: Hope remains in the final week

Though the NL Central is almost completely out of reach, there’s still hope for the Wild Card. We prepare for the final week of the regular season in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Recent Results

Cubs 5, Brewers 3
Cubs 5, Brewers 4
Brewers 4, Cubs 3
Cubs 5, Brewers 0

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Jimmy Nelson will miss “a chunk” of 2018 season after shoulder surgery
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Depth could help the Milwaukee Brewers replace Jimmy Nelson in 2018
Jaymes L, BCB

Poll: How would you grade Craig Counsell’s managing last night?

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers Week 25 Review
eddiemathews, BCB

BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 25
aaronetc, BCB FanPost

Links from Other Sites

Brewers lament lost series, but not giving up
Adam McCalvy,

Pina's sprained thumb may be season-ending
Adam McCalvy,

Shaw thriving on field amid tough year off it
Adam McCalvy,

Arcia's key HR off Davis was with Miggy's bat
Adam McCalvy,

Crew to decide Hader's future role in offseason
Adam McCalvy,

Sogard kids show off their cuteness
Jessica Kleinschmidt,

Craig Counsell is ready to manage in the playoffs
Steve Altstadt, Disciples of Uecker

A Tale of Two Halves: The Milwaukee Bullpen
Gabe Stoltz, Disciples of Uecker

Sunday Notes: Travis Shaw and the Brewers are Sneaky Good
David Laurila, FanGraphs

Career Year: Curves, Cutters, Soft Contact, Pop-Ups
Dylan Svoboda, BP Milwaukee

Do the Brewers Need a Star?
Sean Roberts, BP Milwaukee

Traveling Cubs Fans are Brutish Louts
Paul Noonan, BP Milwaukee

Brewers Minor League Awards
Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

Brewers Announce Single-Game Postseason Ticket Sales Details
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

NL Central & Wild Card Update

NL Central Standings

  • Cubs: 87-68
  • Brewers: 82-74, 5.5 GB
  • Cardinals: 81-74, 6 GB

Wild Card Standings

  • Diamondbacks: 90-66 (Clinched)
  • Rockies: 84-72
  • Brewers: 82-74, 2 GB
  • Cardinals: 81-74, 2.5 GB

Thursday’s Games

  • Cardinals 8, Reds 5
  • Rockies 0, Padres 3
  • Pirates had the day off.

This Weekend’s Games

Cardinals @ Pirates

  • Friday: Cardinals 4, Pirates 3
  • Saturday: Cardinals 6, Pirates 11
  • Sunday: Cardinals 1, Pirates 4

Red Sox @ Reds

  • Friday: Red Sox 5, Reds 4
  • Saturday: Red Sox 5, Reds 0
  • Sunday: Red Sox 5, Reds 4

Rockies @ Padres

  • Friday: Rockies 4, Padres 1
  • Saturday: Rockies 0, Padres 5
  • Sunday: Rockies 8, Padres 4

Monday’s Games

  • Cubs (Jon Lester) @ Cardinals (Luke Weaver) | 7:15 pm
  • Marlins (Odrisamer Despaigne) @ Rockies (Tyler Chatwood) | 8:40 pm
  • Pirates and Reds have the day off.

Tuesday’s Games

  • Orioles (Kevin Gausman) @ Pirates (Trevor Williams) | 6:05 pm
  • Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) | 7:15 pm
  • Marlins (Jose Urena) @ Rockies (Tyler Anderson) | 8:40 pm

Upcoming Action

Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Brewers (Zach Davies) vs. Reds (Deck McGuire) | 6:40 pm