Week in Review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 3-4 from Monday to Sunday this past week in games with the Miami Marlins on the road and San Diego Padres at home. The week featured everything from a 10-2 win over the Marlins, to little offense in a 3-0 loss and 1-0 win against the Padres. The Brewers are currently 16-22 which puts them 12 games out of first and just ahead of the Cincinnati Reds in the battle for the NL Central basement.
Offensively Speaking: Shortstop Jonathan Villar has been on fire over his last seven games, turning in a .414 batting average in 29 at bats. Ryan Braun has remained consistent this season and is 7 out of his last 19 at bats, but had a recent 12 game hitting streak snapped. He has reached safely in each of the last 23 games. Chris Carter’s batting average has tumbled as he’s only hit for .130 in his last 23 at bats with 11 strikeouts.
Pitching In: Zach Davies has looked pretty good his last couple outings. Jimmy Nelson – what can you say about his efforts this year? He threw a great game last week in a loss to the Padres – eight innings with five hits and two earned runs. Junior Guerra tossed six innings of two hit ball to pick up the aforementioned 1-0 win over the Padres. Jeremy Jeffress is still dominating as a closer and has tacked on another three saves without any issues. He’s 10 for 10 on the season. I’m going to start calling these guys the Killer B’s – Michael Blazek and Blaine Boyer have teamed for no runs allowed out of the bullpen covering their last seven appearances – 7.2 innings total.
Question Marks: The latest speculation around Brew town is when Wily Peralta will be removed from the rotation and/or sent to the minors to try to get back on track. In his last two starts he’s managed just 10.2 innings and has been knocked around for 18 hits and a 6.75 ERA. Braun has been experiencing some discomfort in his right wrist and didn’t start Saturday or Sunday. He had X-rays taken over the weekend but doesn’t feel the injury is anything significant.
Down on the Farm: Instead of starting off with the Orlando Arcia watch, let’s look at a couple of top prospect injuries. No. 13 prospect, outfielder Clint Coulter has an oblique strain and has been placed on the DL for Class A Brevard County. Outfielder Michael Reed, the No. 18 prospect currently playing with the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox has a concussion and is expected to miss seven days. Keon Broxton was demoted by the Brewers to the Sky Sox, and has responded in the thin Colorado air by hitting 5 homers in his last 15 games, plus has a ten game hitting streak. It’s a far cry from his 0 for 16 start with the Brewers. On to Arcia – he’s at .299 and has 55 total bases.
The Upcoming Week: Off Monday, then a three game set at home vs. the Chicago Cubs, then a weekend on the road with the New York Mets. Another off day is scheduled for next Monday. Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, and Junior Guerra are scheduled to take the hill in the Cubs series.
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