The Brewers, again, entered this past week with a division lead over Chicago still intact. Cubs fans around social media continued to argue “this won’t last much longer, when the Cubs get hot, the Brewers are going down.” However, that continues not to be the case, as yet another up and down week (this time 3-3) still has resulted in a 2 game division stronghold heading into Monday’s contests. However, a one-game showdown with the Cubs in Wrigley looms, so the Crew’s next series against Baltimore and those after it remain all the more critical.
Now, it’s time for a look at the week ahead.
The Week Ahead
Upcoming series: vs. Baltimore (7/3-7/5), @ Chicago (7/6), @ NY Yankees (7/7-7/9)
Pitching matchups vs. Baltimore: Wade Miley (3-6, 4.54 ERA) vs. Brent Suter (0-1, 4.20 ERA); Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 6.48 ERA) vs. Jimmy Nelson (6-4, 3.43 ERA); Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.90 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (3-4, 4.36 ERA)
Pitching matchups at Chicago: Zach Davies (9-4, 5.03 ERA) vs. Mike Montgomery (1-5, 2.80 ERA)
Players to Watch: Orlando Arcia and Zach Davies
Rollie Fingers Award for First-Team All-Swagger (player that went out “balls to the wall”)
Winner: Orlando Arcia
For the second week in a row, the Rollie Fingers award goes to Orlando Arcia. Yes, I know, I can’t just give it to him every week (and don’t worry, I won’t). However, he once again deserves it. From delivering a perfect cut off throw to nail down J.T. Realmuto at home plate and prevent the tying run from scoring to continuing his hot-hitting ways (hitting over .340 since mid-May), Arcia again showed why he is more than deserving of this award. Maybe, just maybe, someone can dethrone him next week.
The Robin Yount Award for Pure and Utter Dominance (Most Dominant Player)
Winner: Stephen Vogt
Since being claimed off of waivers by Milwaukee on June 25th, the former Athletics catcher has already endeared himself quite well to the Brewers faithful. For one, he collected his first hit and RBI as a Brewer in his first start, a 4-3 loss at Cincinnati, where his RBI sac fly was pulled back into the yard by Scott Schebler on what looked to be a sure home run. Vogt then likely thought “well, I’ll just hit some at home” and did just that, with his first two hits at home leaving the yard and providing all Brewers RBIs in a 3-2 win over the Marlins. He even received a curtain call for his efforts following the second blast.
The Ben Sheets Award for Best Heat (Best Pitcher)
Winner: Jimmy Nelson
While last week’s winner Corey Knebel could have been selected again on the back of a record-tying appearance against Miami and the club’s sole All-Star nod, Nelson’s start this week could not be ignored. Against a powerful Reds lineup in Cincinnati which includes bats such as Joey Votto and the aforementioned Scott Schebler, Nelson shut them down over seven innings, only giving up two earned runs while walking only one and striking out eleven. The start also lowered his ERA to his current 3.43, and he will hope to continue his series of strong starts against Baltimore on July 4th.
AAA: Colorado Springs
Brett Phillips (Brewers No. 10 Prospect): .282, 15 2B, 6 3B, 14 HR, 54 RBI, 2 SB
Ryan Cordell (Brewers No. 16 Prospect): .284, 18 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 9 SB
AA: Biloxi Shuckers
Luis Ortiz (Brewers No. 4 Prospect): 3-4, 3.79 ERA, 59.1 IP, 54 K, 24 BB, 1.21 WHIP, .223 Opponent AVG
Mauricio Dubon (Brewers No. 9 Prospect): .276, 14 2B, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 31 SB (Called up to AAA Colorado Springs)
Corbin Burnes (Brewers No. 20 Prospect): 2-1, 1.53 ERA, 29.1 IP, 32 K, 5 BB, 0.75 WHIP, .165 AVG
A: Carolina Mudcats/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Corey Ray (Brewers No. 2 Prospect): .251, 18 2B, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 18 SB at A Adv Carolina
Mario Feliciano (Brewers No. 23 Prospect): .252, 10 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 6 SB at A Wisconsin
Jake Gatewood (Brewers No. 25 Prospect): .279, 25 2B, 10 HR, 38 RBI, 7 SB at A Adv Carolina
Trey Supak (Brewers No. 29 Prospect): 1-2, 6.67 ERA, 29.2 IP, 33 K, 16 BB, 1.58 WHIP, .267 AVG at Adv A Carolina