The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off last week with two losses to the St. Louis Cardinals followed by a 3-1 in the finale of that series. They went on a short weekend three game road trip to Pittsburgh and swept the Pirates. On Labor Day they welcomed the Chicago Cubs to Miller Park and were beaten 7-2. Going into Tuesday night’s action the Crew are 60-77, good for fourth place in the NL Central.
Offensively speaking: Keon Broxton and Chris Carter are both over .300 in their last 20 at bats or so. Carter bopped three homers this past week to run his team leading total to 33 on the year. He added 7 runs batted in. Ryan Braun hit his 25th homer on Sunday in the losing effort to the Cubs.
Pitching in: Chase Anderson had a heck of a game going on Sunday against the Pirates. He threw just 65 pitches over 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and no walks. Manager Craig Counsell had his crystal ball going. He pinch hit Jonathan Villar for Anderson and Villar smacked a grand slam en route to a 10-0 shutout. Anderson picked up the win. Scoreless relief of late has come from a number of guys including Jacob Barnes, Michael Blazek, Blain Boyer. Junior Guerra came off the DL and went 3.1 innings, scattering 5 hits and 2 walks.
Injuries and roster moves: GM David Stearns ended August by trading minor league outfielder Eric Young Jr. to the Yankees for cash. If he had appeared for the Brewers in a game he would have joined Tito/Terry Francona and Dave/Derrick May as father/sons that played for the Crew – as EY Jr’s father played for the Crew. You can read my post from earlier this year of these fathers and sons here.
September call-ups/DL activations so far include RHP Jacob Barnes, RHP Ben Rowen, RHP Junior Guerra, RHP Michael Blazek, and infielder Yadiel Rivera. Stearns says there may be a couple more call-ups today – possibly including pitcher Taylor Jungmann – by the time you read this.
Down on the farm: The class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers made the playoffs after a big push in August and early September! The T-rats finished 37-33 and will take on Cedar Rapids at home on Wednesday night.
Players have been announced for the Arizona Fall League. Top prospects representing the Crew on the Salt River Rafters include outfielder Brett Phillips, catcher Jacob Nottingham, infielder Isan Diaz. Pitchers include Tayler Scott, Tyler Spurlin, Josh Uhen. There will be another player named soon.
The week ahead: The Brewers continue the home stand with two more games against the Cubs. They hit the road after that and head to St. Louis for a four game set with the Cardinals. Probable pitchers for the upcoming games are Wily Peralta, Matt Garza, and your guess is as good as mine. The word is Counsell will be fronting a six man rotation for the remainder of the season.
Random notes: Later this week I’ll have a post about original Brewers pitcher John Morris. He was kind enough to answer some questions I had for my historical Brewers book. John, in fact, was the last player from the opening day 1970 roster to be traded.
Just eight home games remain for the Crew this season. I’ll be attending at least one on the final weekend, as is my annual tradition.
Please feel free to share this article to your favorite social media sites with the buttons below the logo. I also encourage you to visit the following sites where I am a contributor:
And check out my Facebook author page for articles like this and much more!