Week in Review: The Milwaukee Brewers had a four game losing streak this past week, dropping two to the Cubs (one game was rained out) and two to the Marlins. They wrapped up the week by pounding the Marlins 14-5 on Sunday with two homers coming from Chris Carter. The Crew crawled out of last place in the NL Central and are sitting on a 10-15 record after Monday’s action.
Bright Spots: On the pitching side, certainly starter Jimmy Nelson is the guy to talk about. The team has just six quality starts this year – Nelson has four of those and a 4-2 record. He has half of the league-worst starting ERA too. The team was at 6:39 before Monday and Nelson was at 3:05. Reliever Blaine Boyer continues to throw well. The big right hander has a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings of work, and has worked around 14 hits to reach that mark.
On the hitting side of things we are still seeing most of the production come from the middle of the lineup – Ryan Braun (21 RBI’s and .372 BA), Jonathan Lucroy (.309 BA), and Chris Carter (7 HR and 18 RBI’s). Carter still leads the team in strikeouts with 28 (tied with Domingo Santana), but is holding a .277 BA.
Other bright spots this past week were an around the horn triple play (Aaron Hill to Yadiel Rivera to Carter) in a loss to the Marlins. In that same loss, the Crew broke up a no-hit bid by Adam Conley in the ninth inning and then rallied for three runs, but fell short in their comeback 6-3.
Roster Moves: Reliever Sam Freeman designated for assignment to make room for starter Junior Guerra to make a start Tuesday night. While the Brewers could always use another left-handed reliever in Will Smith’s absence, Freeman was roughed up to the tune of 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. Starter Taylor Jungmann was sent to Triple A after he gave up 5 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs. Reliever David Goforth took his place on the roster. Jungmann’s troubles extend back to the end of last season – he is 0-7 with an ERA of just under 10.00 in his last nine starts. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was placed on the 15 day DL with an oblique injury. Hernan Perez took his place. It’s a tough loss as Gennett was hitting better than last year, and has a .361 on base percentage with 4 homers so far.
Upcoming: The Crew started a three game home series with the Los Angeles Angels last night. On Thursday they travel to Cincinnati for a four game set with the Reds.
Down on the Farm: Should I rename this section the “Orlando Arcia Prospect Watch”? Just kidding. With 21 Triple A games under his belt, Arcia is hitting .313 with 3 homers, 16 RBI’s, 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. #2 Prospect Brett Phillips is hitting .250 for AA Biloxi. #3 Prospect Jorge Lopez was passed over for Guerra to join the team as he has pitched to a 8.79 ERA in just over 14 innings – and that covers four starts. #10 Prospect Jacob Nottingham (the supposed heir apparent to Lucroy) is still working things out with Biloxi – he has just a .169 BA in 19 games.
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