Crew needs Anderson to go deep vs. Bucs

Crew needs Anderson to go deep vs. Bucs

On Monday the Brewers started left-hander Brent Suter, knowing that he wasn't fully stretched out, and turned to their relief corps in the sixth inning. They may be in store for another bullpen game on Wednesday, so they could use a strong, lengthy start out of Chase Anderson when he takes the mound against the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Anderson has posted a 2.84 ERA in six starts since returning from a strained left oblique, lowering his overall ERA to 2.88. He has only completed six innings once during that stretch, however, and a longer outing would help lighten the load for Milwaukee's lights-out bullpen.

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Knebel shows no sign of rust in Crew's win

Knebel shows no sign of rust in Crew's win

PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers hope that hard-worked closer Corey Knebel got just the break he needed to finish the season strong.

By circumstance, Knebel had been exempt from the Brewers' recent reliance on bullpen days, appearing on Monday for the first time in six days -- and only the fifth time in 17 days -- to lock down a 3-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park that improved Milwaukee's place in the standings, within two games of a Wild Card spot, and 3 1/2 off the division lead.

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Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs

Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- With the Cubs and Rockies idle, Monday offered the Brewers an opportunity to gain ground in each of their two paths to the postseason. Mission accomplished.

Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers' 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

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Phillips' powerful arm gets an 'upgrade'

Phillips' powerful arm gets an 'upgrade'

PITTSBURGH -- Sometimes you get what you ask for.

MLBPipeline.com bumped 23-year-old Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips to an "80-grade" arm last week, making him the only prospect with that top rating on the 20-80 scouting scale, after he recorded the strongest throw recorded by Statcast™ all season in a win over the Pirates at Miller Park. Phillips' 104-mph dart to home plate completed a double play while surpassing his own record for the previous season high in MLB -- 102.6 mph on July 17, also against the Pirates. His 104-mph throw was the second hardest by an outfielder since 2015, when Statcast™ started gathering such data.

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Crew gains ground behind Woodruff, big 4th

Crew gains ground behind Woodruff, big 4th

MILWAUKEE -- Where one rookie starter faltered, another stood strong.

Brandon Woodruff put together seven solid innings in a critical series finale as the "road" Brewers knocked off the Marlins, 10-3, at Miller Park on Sunday. The clubs played in front of 24,535 fans as a total of 68,983 watched the three-game set, which was moved to Milwaukee in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Bats 'firing on all cylinders' down the stretch

Bats 'firing on all cylinders' down the stretch

MILWAUKEE -- In terms of offensive outbursts, the Brewers' eighth inning on Friday night used a series of explosions to sink the Marlins.

On Sunday, the Brewers poked holes in the Marlins' defense to score eight runs -- seven with two outs -- in the fourth inning as part of a 10-3 win at Miller Park.

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Shaw-Thames duo making Brewers history

Shaw-Thames duo making Brewers history

MILWAUKEE -- Surely, when the Brewers quietly added Travis Shaw and Eric Thames to their third- and first-base depth this offseason, they weren't expecting this.

The duo has gone into the club's history books, with Shaw's knock in Saturday's loss to the Marlins clinching its status as just the third pairing of left-handed hitters to hit 30 homers apiece in the same season. Only Geoff Jenkins and Jeromy Burnitz in 2000 and Cecil Cooper and Ben Oglivie in 1982 had previously accomplished the feat -- something that has admittedly come as a surprise to manager Craig Counsell.

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Crew's Deadline acquisitions paying dividends

Counsell says Brewers are in two-week season and will continue bullpen days

Crew's Deadline acquisitions paying dividends

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers found themselves ahead of schedule in their rebuild at this season's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Instead of being near the bottom of the National League Central, as many expected would be the case this season, they were suddenly in the mix for highly prized players, like Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana.

The Brewers didn't land either starter and kept their talented pool of prospects intact. They weren't silent around the Deadline, though. General manager David Stearns made a few under-the-radar trades that have paid off for Milwaukee, which is still fighting for the NL Central and second NL Wild Card spot.

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Davies' shaky start comes at inopportune time

Brewers' bullpen has thrown 13 innings over last two games

Davies' shaky start comes at inopportune time

MILWAUKEE -- It became apparent rather quickly that it wasn't Zach Davies' night on Saturday in the Brewers' 7-4 loss to the Marlins at Miller Park.

Davies' shaky start, which saw him allow six runs in four innings, came at a bad time for Milwaukee. The Brewers used eight pitchers in Friday's win and brought in four relievers on Saturday. Rookie Brandon Woodruff starts the finale against the Marlins and Brent Suter, who is not stretched out to pitch a full outing, will take the mound Monday on the road against the Pirates. Over the first two games of the series against Miami, Brewers relievers have combined to throw 13 innings.

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Davies' struggles drop Crew 4 back of Cubs

Davies' struggles drop Crew 4 back of Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park sure felt like home to the Marlins on Saturday night.

The Marlins, forced to play their three-game weekend series as the "home" team in Milwaukee due to Hurricane Irma, rode a four-run first inning to a 7-4 win over the "visiting" Brewers in front of a crowd of 25,079 that nearly filled the limited capacity for the ballpark. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Marlins, who had scored three runs in their last three games.

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Slam propels 8-run 8th as 'visiting' Crew wins

Slam propels 8-run 8th as 'visiting' Crew wins

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames is back for the Brewers, just in time to impact the pennant chase. In the top of the eighth inning on Friday night, his power was contagious.

Thames homered for the third straight game, a tiebreaking solo shot that preceded Neil Walker's third career grand slam and Domingo Santana's three-run homer in an eight-run inning. Those swings sent the "visiting" Brewers to a 10-2 win over the Marlins in the opener of a series moved to Miller Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Crew matches club record by using 8 pitchers

Crew matches club record by using 8 pitchers

MILWAUKEE -- When Brewers starter Jeremy Jeffress emerged from the bullpen door instead of the dugout, you knew it was another "Johnny Wholestaff" kind of day.

For the third time in two weeks, the Brewers threw their bullpen at an opponent and won. Jeffress made his first career start after 263 relief appearances and seven more arms followed in a 10-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Miller Park, matching the franchise record for pitchers used in a nine-inning game.

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Nelson to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

Brewers call up Wilkerson, DFA Rivera

Nelson to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers ace Jimmy Nelson will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles for his season-ending right shoulder injury, but he won't know more about a recovery timetable until after the procedure, the right-hander said.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache will make an assessment of the damage in Nelson's shoulder, which sustained a partially torn labrum and a strained rotator cuff when he dislocated the joint sliding back to first base in a win over the Cubs last week.

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Brewers help Marlins feel at home in Milwaukee

Brewers help Marlins feel at home in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- The oddest thing about the start of the Marlins' home-away-from-home series at Miller Park on Friday was how normal it all was. They dressed in the visitors' clubhouse, wore their usual road uniforms and took batting practice in the second slot, typical for a road team. The statistics and results counted like they would for any other Marlins visit to the Brewers' retractable-domed home.

There wasn't a clue that something was off until just before 7:10 p.m. CT, when Dee Gordon trotted out to second base instead of striding to the batter's box.

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Brinson, Burnes net top honors in Crew's system

OF named organization's Minor League Player of the Year; righty Pitcher of the Year

Brinson, Burnes net top honors in Crew's system

MILWAUKEE -- He never got going in two stints with the Major League club, but Brewers top prospect Lewis Brinson produced enough at Triple-A Colorado Springs to earn the organization's Minor League Player of the Year honor on Friday.

Brinson, whose season ended early with a left hamstring injury, will be recognized at Miller Park on Sept. 26 alongside Corbin Burnes, the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The right-hander was a shoo-in for the award after he logged an organization-best 1.67 ERA between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Biloxi.

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Inbox: What are Brewers' plans for rotation?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers fans' questions

Inbox: What are Brewers' plans for rotation?

Prediction for the rotation the rest of season?
-- @Cohete009 on Twitter

I predict unpredictability. The Brewers waited until Friday morning to say that Jeremy Jeffress would start that night's game against the Marlins at Miller Park. It was to be another "bullpen day," which the Brewers have already pulled off twice in recent weeks, piecing together innings behind Brent Suter as he builds back to full strength from a stint on the disabled list.

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Crew gains ground in WC Chase with victory

Crew gains ground in WC Chase with victory

MILWAUKEE -- Life without Jimmy Nelson began for the Brewers on Wednesday, when Chase Anderson pitched on short rest in place of Milwaukee's injured ace and led the way to an 8-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park.

Eric Thames hit a go-ahead two-run home run in a four-run third inning, rookie center fielder Brett Phillips drove in three runs and saved another with a sensational throw home, and the Brewers kept pace with the Cubs in the National League Central. Milwaukee remained 2 1/2 games behind Chicago while moving into second place, one-half game ahead of the Cardinals.

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Statcast of the Day: Phillips' arm sets new mark

Center fielder's 104-mph dart nabs Freese at home to seal double play

Statcast of the Day: Phillips' arm sets new mark

MILWAUKEE -- If the Brewers need an arm after losing ace right-hander Jimmy Nelson to a season-ending shoulder injury, they might think about giving their rookie center fielder a shot.

After catching a fly ball from Elias Diaz, Brett Phillips unleashed the strongest throw measured by Statcast™ this season, a 104-mph dart from center field to home plate to retire the Pirates' David Freese, sealing a double play for the final out of the fourth inning during the Brewers' 8-2 win on Wednesday at Miller Park. It came as part of a big night for the Brewers' No. 12 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, who also drove in three runs with a pair of singles and scored on a wild pitch.

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Crew's 'Johnny Wholestaff' approach pays off

Crew's 'Johnny Wholestaff' approach pays off

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time in three weeks, the pennant-hungry Brewers took care of business against a team below the break-even point.

Domingo Santana's two-run double provided a lead amid a four-run third inning, and Brewers manager Craig Counsell pieced together 27 outs with seven different pitchers in a 5-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park, snapping Milwaukee's five-game losing streak against teams with sub-.500 records.

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After solid start, Thames now seeks strong finish

Slugger identified as one of the keys to Crew's offense down stretch

After solid start, Thames now seeks strong finish

MILWAUKEE -- The manager did not want to put too much weight on one man's shoulders, broad as Eric Thames' shoulders may be. But Craig Counsell's point came through.

For the Brewers to reach the finish line of this surprising race for the postseason, Thames is one of the hitters who will have to help lead the way.

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Brewers unveil '18 slate, open in San Diego

Opening Day is March 29; home opener April 2 vs. Cards

Brewers unveil '18 slate, open in San Diego

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will begin a season away from climate-controlled Miller Park for the first time in seven years when the 2018 regular season gets underway, but don't worry. Bad weather is unlikely to get in the way.

A three-game series at San Diego begins the 50th season in franchise history, marking the first Brewers-Padres matchup on Opening Day, and an unprecedented Thursday to Saturday series. The regular-season opener is Thursday, March 29, the earliest date the Brewers have begun a season.

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NL Central race is going down to the wire

With 20 days remaining in season, 2 1/2 games separate top 3 teams

NL Central race is going down to the wire

The National League Central is still right there to be won, with three teams separated by 2 1/2 games and 20 days remaining in the regular season.

The Cubs just haven't been able to put it away, and the Cardinals and Brewers keep scratching and clawing, both within range.

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Pitcher goes to Mets to complete Walker swap

Hanhold, 23, pitched in relief past two seasons in Minors

Pitcher goes to Mets to complete Walker swap

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sent Minor League right-hander Eric Hanhold to the Mets on Tuesday to complete the Aug. 12 trade that brought veteran infielder Neil Walker to Milwaukee for a player to be named and cash.

Hanhold, 6-foot-5 and 23 years old, was the Brewers' sixth-round Draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2015, and he was converted to relief this season, his second at the Class A Advanced level. He was 8-3 with a 3.94 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 64 innings for the Carolina Mudcats, setting career highs for strikeouts per nine innings and WHIP.

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Brewers hit roadblock vs. hard-throwing Pirates

Brewers hit roadblock vs. hard-throwing Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- Steven Brault and the Pirates spoiled what was supposed to be a happy homecoming for the Brewers, who managed just three singles in a 7-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday in their return from a weekend sweep of division-leading Chicago.

The Brewers ran into a roadblock in Brault, who earned his first Major League win after collecting more hits (two) then he surrendered (one) in six scoreless innings of the Pirates' series-opening win at Miller Park. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer homered while Brault, A.J. Schugel, Daniel Hudson and Felipe Rivero combined on a three-hit shutout.

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Crew confounded by roller-coaster stretch

Crew confounded by roller-coaster stretch

MILWAUKEE -- How does a team beat the Washington Nationals three times in four games, then go to cellar-dwelling Cincinnati and get swept? And what explains sweeping the first-place Cubs in three charged games in Chicago, then coming home and being unable to move a runner past first base against a rookie pitcher in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Pirates at Miller Park?

Manager Craig Counsell didn't have an answer for Monday, other than to say the Brewers ran into a pitcher [Pittsburgh's Steven Brault] having a good night. Third baseman Travis Shaw said the same.

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Brewers boast strong farm talent in 2017

Brewers boast strong farm talent in 2017

MILWAUKEE -- When the Triple-A Colorado Springs SkySox dropped a decisive Game 5 to Memphis in the Triple-A playoffs on Sunday, the Brewers' Minor League season was in the books. The system produced 26 All-Stars, winning records for three of the four full-season teams and the first postseason berth for the SkySox since 1997.

Here's a look at some of the top individual performers:

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Crew-Cubs dance-off still making waves

Crew-Cubs dance-off still making waves

CHICAGO -- It started with a wave and was fueled by coffee and competitive juices. Who knew Major League relievers could dance? The Brewers and Cubs found out back in May when they sparked what has become a social media sensation.

With the bullpens now under the bleachers at Wrigley Field, the pitchers discovered they can spy on the opposition on the television sets there. During a Brewers-Cubs series in May at Wrigley, Milwaukee's pitchers tuned in to see Chicago's relievers. Game on.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers rotation steps up in Nelson's absence

Davies delivers seven strong innings in finale to lift Crew to sweep

Brewers rotation steps up in Nelson's absence

CHICAGO -- There were two things Chase Anderson and Zach Davies could do after Jimmy Nelson went down with a season-ending shoulder injury. They could console their teammate, and they could head to the mound at Wrigley Field and follow Nelson's example.

On back-to-back days, the Brewers' top two remaining starting pitchers did just that. After Anderson worked five scoreless innings in Saturday's blowout win, Davies delivered a quality start in a tighter game Sunday afternoon to lead the way to a 3-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Cubs.

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Crew sweeps Cubs to sit 2 back in NL Central

Crew sweeps Cubs to sit 2 back in NL Central

CHICAGO -- Mission accomplished for the Brewers. Travis Shaw smacked a two-run homer to back Zach Davies, who won his Major League-leading 17th game, and lift the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. With the win, Milwaukee completed a sweep of the weekend series, and it is now two games behind Chicago in the National League Central.

"We know what needs to be done, and we've been through it," Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said. "Nothing needs to be said. ... We're all on the same page. We just have to win ballgames."

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