The Brewers came into the week with their division lead over Chicago intact and riding high off of two straight series victories the previous week. However, this would be much more of a roller coaster week for the Crew, as they went just 3-4, but also kept their spot atop the Central (1.5 games up as of 6/26). After dropping the first two games of a four-game set to Pittsburgh at Miller Park, a defensive masterpiece by Orlando Arcia followed by a 3-RBI game by Travis Shaw saved the series split for the Crew. Then, in their first visit to the newly christened SunTrust Park for a series with the Braves, Milwaukee took a couple of hard losses before the bats exploded in the series finale with a 7-0 beatdown of Julio Teheran and the Braves, as all 7 runs came in the first four innings.
Now, having recapped the previous week for the Brewers, it’s time for a look at the week ahead.
The Week Ahead
Upcoming series: @ Cincinnati (6/27-6/29), vs. Miami (6/30-7/2)
Pitching matchups @ Cincinnati: Junior Guerra (1-1, 3.11 ERA) vs. Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.30 ERA); Chase Anderson (6-2, 2.92 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (0-0, 3.60 ERA); Jimmy Nelson (5-4, 3.50 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey (0-1, 43.20 ERA)
Pitching matchups vs. Miami: All starters TBA
Players to Watch: Ryan Braun and Chase Anderson
Rollie Fingers Award for First-Team All-Swagger (player that went out “balls to the wall”)
Winner: Orlando Arcia
Up until this season, Orlando Arcia was widely regarded as the most promising prospect in a Milwaukee Brewers system known for its share of promising prospects. While his fielding has been on full display this season (see the game-ending web gem from June 21st against the Pirates), but his bat has also started to come around. After entering the Pirates series last Monday at .254 on the season, Arcia enters a new stretch of games hitting .268 following a nice 9-for-22 week. Not to mention, though it came in a loss, he also hit an inside-the-park home run, and what gets more “balls to the wall” than that?
The Robin Yount Award for Pure and Utter Dominance (Most Dominant Player)
Winner: Travis Shaw
Once again, Travis Shaw’s recent performance at the plate has Milwaukee fans everywhere saying “Thank You, Boston!” Shaw continued to show why he is deserving of representing the Crew in Miami for the 2017 All-Star game. While the Brewers as a whole had a relatively up and down week, Shaw had a very solid 7 games, hitting 3 home runs and adding 6 RBIs to bring his season totals in those categories to 15 and 53, respectively. His two-run blast Sunday against Atlanta was particularly impressive, as the third baseman hit a bomb to right field that hit on top of a concourse restaurant, a spot which a ball had not reached yet this year at SunTrust Park.
The Ben Sheets Award for Best Heat (Best Pitcher)
Winner: Corey Knebel
While Chase Anderson’s start against Pittsburgh in the series finale (6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K) was certainly impressive, it is the man who has been Milwaukee’s most shutdown pitcher all year that gets the nod. While Knebel was not as dominant in terms of strikeouts as has been expected this season (2 Ks in 2.0 IP), he still found his way into Major League history. With his strikeout of Josh Bell in Thursday’s victory, Knebel passed Aroldis Chapman for the MLB record of consecutive games with a strikeout as a reliever to start a season at 38 (Chapman’s record was 37). Will Knebel continue his streak in the weeks and possibly months to come? When will it end, or will it end at all? These are questions that will soon be answered, but for now, we will continue to watch.
AAA: Colorado Springs
Brett Phillips (Brewers No. 10 Prospect): .281, 14 2B, 5 3B, 12 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB
Ryan Cordell (Brewers No. 16 Prospect): .282, 18 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 9 SB
AA: Biloxi Shuckers
Luis Ortiz (Brewers No. 4 Prospect): 3-3, 3.02 ERA, 53.2 IP, 49 K, 24 BB, 1.10 WHIP, .189 Opponent AVG
Mauricio Dubon (Brewers No. 9 Prospect): .276, 14 2B, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 31 SB
Corbin Burnes (Brewers No. 20 Prospect): 2-0, 0.76 ERA, 23.2 IP, 26 K, 5 BB, 0.63 WHIP, .128 AVG
A: Carolina Mudcats/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Corey Ray (Brewers No. 2 Prospect): .262, 16 2B, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 17 SB at A Adv Carolina
Mario Feliciano (Brewers No. 23 Prospect): .257, 10 2B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 4 SB at A Wisconsin
Jake Gatewood (Brewers No. 25 Prospect): .288, 23 2B, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 6 SB at A Adv Carolina
Trey Supak (Brewers No. 29 Prospect): 2-2, 1.76 ERA, 41.0 IP, 53 K, 10 BB, 1.61 WHIP at Adv A Carolina