The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 2-3 from last Tuesday to Sunday, with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Nationals and a 4-3 win against St. Louis at home Friday night. The two losses at the hands of the Cardinals were one-sided (5-1 and 8-1). Going into the All-Star Break, the Brewers are 38-49, 14. 5 games behind the Chicago Cubs and good for fourth place in the NL Central.
Offensively speaking: Jonathan Lucroy and Jonathan Villar are both hot as each are hitting over .300 in the past several games. Chris Carter chipped in a couple homers this past week. Ryan Braun is on the other side of the equation with 2 hits in his last 20 at bats and 7 strikeouts to boot.
Pitching in: Jeremy Jeffress picked up a couple saves in 3.2 innings of scoreless work. Tyler Thornburg and Carlos Torres have also thrown over 3 innings of scoreless relief in their last 3 appearances.
Injuries and roster moves: In a “paper move” the team sent Zach Davies to Colorado Springs and called up slugging first baseman Andy Wilkins. The thought was that Davies needed to spend 10 days in the minors – and he’d conceivably do that before his next start after the All-Star Break. Plus it would give the Crew an extra bat for the time being. Shortstop Yadiel Rivera was recalled from Colorado Springs on July 8th. The big transaction was the trade of third baseman Aaron Hill and cash to the Boston Red Sox for Wendell Rijo and RHP Aaron Wilkerson. Hernan Perez and Will Middlebrooks will share 3B duties for the time being. So who’s next to be traded? Of course we’ve heard about Bruan and Lucroy all season, but now Jeffress and fellow reliever Will Smith are being scouted by possible trade partners.
Down on the farm: Orlando Arcia has brought his batting average up a few points to .270 as of late. We’ll see if Jonathan Villar gets traded by the deadline and Arcia comes up. No. 2 prospect Brett Phillips is hitting in the .240’s with 11 homers and 45 RBI’s on the season.
The week ahead: After the break, the Crew is back in action starting Friday night with a series against the Reds in Cincinnati. Matt Garza is on the hill first, followed by Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies. After Cincy the team moves on to PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Random notes: On a personal and Milwaukee Brewers-related note, this past Friday I completed the first draft of my historical book on the team. In the coming weeks I’ll have a blog post detailing what the book is about, as “Brewers historical book” could mean a lot of different things. So I’ll be narrowing the scope quite a bit – and for those following me here you’ll see that a lot of historical stuff I post about has nothing to do with the actual book! Outside my “real job” I’m going to be working on book edits and will keep everyone posted on my progress. Thanks for reading!
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