The week in review: It has been a wild week for the Milwaukee Brewers both on and off the field. The team turned in a 6-1 week at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates amid constant Jonathan Lucroy trade rumors, (and if you were under a rock and missed it) a vetoed trade attempt with the Cleveland Indians. The Crew is holding a modest four game winning streak after sweeping the Bucs over the weekend. Going into Monday’s action, Milwaukee is 47-56, still in fourth place in the NL Central and 15 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
Offensively speaking: The bats came out of hibernation against the Diamondbacks as the Crew scored 7, 9, and 6 runs in their victories. Hernan Perez – a couple homers and 7 RBI’s this past week. Scooter Gennett also had 7 RBI’s and hit .385 to boot. Jonathan Villar had 4 stolen bases and a .348 BA. Kirk Nieuwenhuis chipped in 3 homers this past week. Everywhere you look someone stepped up in a good offensive effort.
Pitching in: Chase Anderson won his last two games with an ERA under 2:00 in 10 innings of work. Junior Guerra – 15 innings with 1 earned run! He has been a bright spot in a rebuilding year for the team. Jeremy Jeffress picked up his 27th save on Sunday after going 3 for 3 in save opportunities this week. The downward trend for Will Smith has continued of late, as he gave up 7 runs in his last 2.1 innings of work.
Injuries and roster moves: Infielder Will Middlebrooks went on the 15 day DL last week and outfielder Keon Broxton was recalled from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (yet again). Pitcher Jacob Barnes went on the DL with elbow soreness and Michael Blazek was recalled from the Sky Sox. By the time you read this Luc, Jeffress, Guerra, or any number of other players could be traded!
Down on the farm: Midseason top prospect rankings were released this week and a few players made some jumps up the list. Pitchers Miguel Diaz and Marcos Diplan both moved up 11 spots and are in the top 20 prospects. They have been promoted up a level each as well. Shortstop Orlando Arcia is still in the top spot with outfielder Corey Ray in second place. With the potential for a Lucroy trade on the horizon, Brewers fans may well want to keep tabs on #12 prospect catcher Jacob Nottingham. Three players that may see action in Milwaukee before the season ends are Arcia, pitcher Josh Hader (#3), and outfielder Michael Reed (#24). All are on the team’s 40 man roster.
The week ahead: Milwaukee heads west to kick off a three game series with the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Probable pitchers are Jimmy Nelson, Zach Davies, and Junior Guerra. After an off day on Thursday the team plays in Arizona for three games over the weekend.
Random notes: As many of you are aware, I am writing a historical book about the Brewers. Last week I posted with specifics about the book (because “historical book” can mean a lot of things), plus a bit about my writing process. If you missed it, you can read the post here. More updates to come!
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