The week in review: Another rough week for the Milwaukee Brewers as they dropped two series – first losing to the Pirates in Pittsburgh and then the Cubs at home. They were 2-4 this past week and probably got more attention for the Jonathan Lucroy trade rumors than anything else. The Crew did break out the bats in their 9-5 win over the Pirates and scored 6 in their 6-1 Cubs victory. Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 41-55 record, 17.5 games behind the Cubs.
Offensively speaking: Hernan Perez has been hot, going 9 for his last 22 and has 5 RBI’s. Ryan Braun is right there with him, going 10 for 23 with a homer and 5 RBI’s. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is 4 for 11, but 3 of those hits were homer. Luc is consistent with a .278 average in his last 18 at bats. Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter are both well below the Mendoza line in their last 20+ at bats.
Pitching in: Good stuff from the bullpen in the last week – lots of scoreless inning with Will Smith qnd Corey Knebel being exceptions. Zach Davies and Junior Guerra – what can you say about these guys? Davies picked up a win with 6.1 innings – and just three hits and a run allowed. Guerra has nothing to show but a 1.46 ERA over his last 12.1 innings, working around 8 hits and 7 walks.
Injuries and roster moves: Outfielder Domingo Santana was sent on a rehab assignment to the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers over the weekend. Unfortunately he was scratched from the lineup today do to elbow soreness, apparently from swinging a bat. Reports aren’t good so far.
Down on the farm: Shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia continues to make adjustments at Colorado Springs and has brought his batting average back up to .270 recently. He says, “Here, they throw breaking pitches in any count. I need to make better adjustments.” Arcia had two hits on Sunday including a double and two RBI’s in a Sky Sox win. Damien Magnifico is still doing well out of the bullpen, posting a 3.80 ERA to go with five wins and 12 saves this season. Eric Young Jr. became the Sky Sox All-Time stolen bases leader, recording three steals on Sunday.
The week ahead: The long home stand continues tonight as the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town for a four game set. Probable starters are Chase Anderson tonight, followed by Matt Garza, Jimmy Nelson, and Zach Davies on Thursday afternoon. The Pirates will be in town over the weekend.
Random notes: By the time you read this, Lucroy, Smith, and Jeffress may be traded. Or not!
Miller Park welcomed its 40 millionth all-time fan on Sunday. This is the ballpark’s 15th year of operation. I hope to write a retrospective post after the season ends about Miller Park and all the changes over the years.
As many of you are aware, I am writing a historical book about the Brewers. This Thursday I’ll have a blog post that gives specifics about the book (because “historical book” can mean a lot of things), plus a bit about my writing process. Stay tuned!
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