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 had another average week, finishing 3-3 with a 2-1 series win over the Marlins but a 1-2 series loss to the Reds. Milwaukee remains atop the sub-par NL Central, but both the Cubs and Cardinals are now just one game back in the loss column.
King of the Diamond- Orlando Arcia
Arcia’s hot bat earns him back-to-back King of the Diamond awards. The young Brewer has now homered in back-to-back games, and his batting average has jumped from .268 to .288 over the past week. Arcia went 11/21 at the plate this past week including three home runs. With the Cubs and Cardinals slowly closing the gap on the division, the Brewers will need Arcia’s hot bat to finish the first half of the season strong.
King of the Diamond- Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen grabs his first divisional King of the Diamond award this week. The Pirates remain eight games under .500 and six games behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead, but McCutchen’s play as of late might turn that around. McCutchen hasn’t had a great year but heated up in the past week. His batting average rose from .272 to .282 after going 8/16 at the plate since last Monday. When McCutchen wasn’t hitting his way on base, he was still able to find other ways to do so, as he drew six walks this past week. The 30-year-old appears to have found his swing again which could be just what the Pirates need to get back into the playoff hunt.