Every week 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 Brewers had arguably their worst week all season, which subsequently squandered their six game division lead. The bats were quiet all week until Sunday, when the Crew squeaked out a 9-8 victory.
King of the Diamond- Ryan Braun
Brauny picks up his first King of the Diamond award this season after having a consistent week which saw his average jump from .259 to .270. He was a huge part of the offensive spark (3-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI’s) that eventually led to a 9-8 win over the Phillies to snap a six-game losing streak. Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell has deemed the veteran “day-to-day” for the remainder of the season but the Brewers are going to need his offensive presence down the road if they hope to hold off the Cubs for the division lead.
King of the Diamond- Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
The newest member of the NL Central division hands down earned this week’s divisional King of the Diamond award. Since being acquired from the White Sox, Quintana picked up a pair of wins, the first which sparked the Cubs hot streak that got the Cubs back in the mix for the NL Central race. Quintana fanned 12 Orioles and seven Cardinals while allowing just eight hits in a combined 13 innings pitched. A change of scenery (despite staying in the same city) has revitalized Quintana’s season after starting just 2-8.