Today's lessons include Lucroy for MVP, bullpen life, and some reflections.
The Brewers had the day off.
The Brewers games against interleague teams finished on Wednesday, and Noah notes that the Brewers went 11-9 in interleague play this year.
Jonathan Lucroy for MVP
Jonathan Lucroy will get attention in the NL MVP vote this year. One of the parts of his game, his pitch framing, gets a lot of attention, but Dave Cameron wonders how much that should really play into the NL MVP vote.
Meanwhile, on Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy puts together the full case for Jonathan Lucroy for NL MVP.
Matt Garza may not be an ace, but his deal is looking like a good one for the Brewers. Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar looks at his deal and similar deals that starting pitchers received this offseason.
Life in the bullpen can be stressful. The pitchers there have their own practices to manage it, and Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looks at how these players handle the stress.
Mike Fiers has been pitching for his role in the Brewers rotation both this season and next. Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press analyzes the impact that Fiers has had for the Brewers.
Tom Gorzelanny has some advice for Jim Henderson after his surgery: Be patient.
David S. Grant of Reviewing the Brew predicts how the remaining schedule will play out for the Brewers.
When Hank the Ballpark Pup became a part of the Brewers, you knew this day was coming. Yesterday, Hank finally met his namesake, Hank Aaron.
Minor League Update
Fresno 8, Nashville 4
Fri: Fresno @ Nashville
Jackson 3, Huntsville 2
Fri: Huntsville @ Mobile
Brevard County Manatees
Tampa 10, Brevard County 6
Fri: Brevard County @ Clearwater (DH)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1
Fri: Wisconsin @ Peoria
DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Brewers 3
Fri: DSL Braves @ DSL Brewers
Great Falls 2, Helena 0
Fri: Great Falls @ Helena
AZL Brewers @ AZL Indians (PPD)
Fri: AZL Brewers @ AZL Cubs
News & Notes
Michael Trzinski of Reviewing the Brew continues to look at the best teams in Brewers farm history with the 1986 El Paso Diablos.
After a rough start following his promotion to Nashville, Taylor Jungmann has become a very solid pitcher for the Sounds. Teddy Cahill of MLB.com notes that Jungmann won his fourth straight decisionwith six scoreless innings on Thursday.
This Weekend's Division Games
Cardinals @ Phillies
Friday: Adam Wainwright vs. Kyle Kendrick - 6:05 pm
Saturday: Shelby Miller vs. David Buchanan - 6:05 pm
Sunday: Justin Masterson vs. Jerome Williams - 12:35 pm
Braves @ Reds
Friday: Mike Minor vs. Mat Latos - 6:10 pm
Saturday: Ervin Santana vs. Mike Leake - 6:10 pm
Sunday: Aaron Harang vs. Alfredo Simon - 12:10 pm
Orioles @ Cubs
Friday: Kevin Gausman vs. Jake Arrieta - 1:20 pm
Saturday: Bud Norris vs. Kyle Hendricks - 1:20 pm
Sunday: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Tsuyoshi Wada - 1:20 pm
This Weekend's Action
The Brewers and Pirates face off in a three-game series over the weekend. Here are the starting pitcher matchups:
Friday: Jeff Locke vs. Yovani Gallardo - 7:10 pm
Edinson Volquez vs. Wily Peralta - 6:10 pm
Sunday: Vance Worley vs. Mike Fiers - 1:10 pm
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