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What We Learned: Critical weekend in Chicago

A critical weekend series in Chicago is on tap as the Brewers try to make a move in the divisions standings. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago Cubs Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Recent Results

Reds 9, Brewers 3
Reds 7, Brewers 1


Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers call up pinch running specialist Quintin Berry, DFA Aaron Brooks
Jaymes L, BCB

Zach Davies and the Quest for 20 Wins
-JP-, BCB

Like it or not, the Milwaukee Brewers just don’t care about strikeouts
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Pima County reportedly interested in being the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training site
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs
Jaymes L, BCB

BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 23
aaronetc, BCB FanPost


Links from Other Sites

Crew up to challenge, still eyes division crown
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Hader getting used to highs and lows of relief
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Brewers cognizant of Knebel's workload
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Brewers need to sweep Cubs at Wrigley Field to make serious playoff push
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Davies, Nelson, Anderson form foundation for starting rotation of the future
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hader has a hiccup but he and Woodruff give Brewers fans glimpse of pitching future
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

When the Cubs go “Patriots”
Paul Noonan, BP Milwaukee

Zach Davies has Recovered
Dyvan Svoboda, BP Milwaukee

Brewers Home Run and Strikeout Tendencies
Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

Who is Brandon Woodruff?
Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Friday night slights: Brewers-Cubs rivalry heats up
Jesse Rogers, ESPN.com

Jonathan Villar bet on himself and lost
Justin Schultz, The First Out At Third

Broxton attempts to fit all the gum in his mouth
Matt Monagan, MLB.com

Brewers to host Fan Appreciation Night
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Schlesinger: Milwaukee Brewers making preparations for possible playoff appearance
Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business Journal


Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | Division Series Tied 1-1

  • Wednesday: Colorado Springs 1, Memphis 4
  • Thursday: Colorado Springs 5, Memphis 0
  • Friday: Memphis @ Colorado Springs | 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: Memphis @ Colorado Springs | 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Memphis @ Colorado Springs | 2:30 pm (If Necessary)

Helena Brewers (Rookie) | 27-47

  • Wednesday: Helena 2, Billings 10
  • Thursday: Helena 3, Billings 8
  • Friday: Helena @ Billings | 8:05 pm
  • Saturday: Helena @ Billings | 7:05 pm

Check out our daily prospect reports for more details on what is going on in the minor leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Wednesday, September 6
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Thursday, September 7


Minor League News and Notes

Series Tied…
Lane Grindle, Minor Details

Freddy Peralta and Quality Depth
Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

The Inner Monologue of @DimTillard Playoffs & PONAR
Tim Dillard, MLB Trade Rumors


NL Central & Wild Card Update

NL Central Standings

  • Cubs: 77-63
  • Brewers: 72-68, 5 GB
  • Cardinals: 72-68, 5 GB
  • Pirates: 67-74, 10.5 GB
  • Reds: 61-80, 16.5 GB

Wild Card Standings

  • Diamondbacks: 82-58
  • Rockies: 75-65
  • Brewers: 72-68, 3 GB
  • Cardinals: 72-68, 3 GB

This Weekend’s Games

Reds @ Mets

  • Friday: Amir Garrett vs. Seth Lugo | 6:10 pm
  • Saturday: Homer Bailey vs. Chris Flexen | 6:10 pm
  • Sunday: Sal Romano vs. Rafael Montero | 12:10 pm

Pirates @ Cardinals

  • Friday: Trevor Williams vs. Luke Weaver | 7:15 pm
  • Saturday: Chad Kuhl vs. Carlos Martinez | 6:15 pm
  • Sunday: Ivan Nova vs. Michael Wacha | 1:15 pm

Rockies @ Dodgers

  • Friday: German Marquez vs. Yu Darvish | 9:10 pm
  • Saturday: Chad Bettis vs. Alex Wood | 8:10 pm
  • Sunday: TBA vs. Rich Hill | 3:10 pm

This Weekend’s Action

Brewers @ Cubs

  • Friday: Jimmy Nelson vs. John Lackey | 7:05 pm
  • Saturday: Chase Anderson vs. Mike Montgomery | 3:05 pm
  • Sunday: Zach Davies vs. Kyle Hendricks | 1:20 pm