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Every Monday we will look at which Milwaukee Brewer stood out from a game changing performance, or provided consistent production over the previous week. We will do the same for one other player within the NL Central (Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates).
The Crew put together a sub-par 3-4 week with a split series with the Pirates and a 1-2 series loss to the Braves. Milwaukee remains with the division lead, but the defending champion Chicago Cubs now sit just three games back in the win column. Thankfully, the remainder of the underachieving division is still too inconsistent to have any contenders outside of Milwaukee and Chicago.
King of the Diamond- Orlando Arcia
Arcia picks up his first ever King of the Diamond award after having a consistent week at the plate. Arcia also showed off his defensive skills to seal a win against Pittsburgh earlier in the week (Video link). Over the past week, Arcia has hit safely in six of seven games, including five doubles, and has seen his average increase from .255 to .268 in that short period of time. The young Brewer continues to improve his game both offensively and defensively and will hopefully be Milwaukee’s shortstop for a long time.
King of the Diamond- Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs
Ian Happ picks up our divisional King of the Diamond award this time around. Happ has been on an offensive onslaught all week long, which came out of nowhere. Prior to this week, Happ was sitting with a .215 BA for the season. After his destruction of opposing pitchers, Happ now sits with a .262 BA. The Cubs are going to need Happ to continue his inclined production if they hope to keep pace with the Brewers for the division lead.