Uncertainty and restlessness are just some of the emotions being felt in Brewers country. As the trade deadline approaches and rumors are milling about, fans are left wondering what the Brewers will look like after August 1st. In this week’s “Week In Review,” I will explore some of the rumors as well as look back at the action on the diamond over the past 7 days.
7/19-7/21 at Pittsburgh
Coming off a series loss against Cincinnati and nearing the end of their latest road trip, the Brewers went in to their series against the Pirates looking to bounce back. Unfortunately, they suffered the same fate at PNC Park as in Cincy, splitting the first two games before dropping the third. Carlos Torres recorded his second win of the season (2-1) in the Crew’s 9-5 victory on July 20th, with Tyler Thornburg (3-4) and Matt Garza (1-4) took losses in the series.
Star of the Series: Hernan Perez (2 games, 2 for 5, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
7/22-7/24 at Chicago
Following Pittsburgh, the Brewers welcomed the North Siders to Miller Park, otherwise known as “Wrigley Field North” to Cubs fans. This was shown all three games of the series, with an attendance of over 42,000 at each game. The large amount of visiting support may have helped the Cubs’ play in the series as they came out of Milwaukee with a 2-1 series victory. This included a crushing defeat in the final game. The Brewers lost a 4-1 7th inning lead by allowing 5 runs in the frame to fall behind 6-4, ultimately losing 6-5. There were some definite bright spots in the series, such as Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ 3 home runs, but the Sunday collapse left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans.
Star of the Series: Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3 games, 4 for 6, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
7/25 vs Arizona
The Brewers started the series against last-place Arizona looking to get back on the winning track after 4 straight series losses and a 3-6 record since the All-Star Break. They did so in a big way, crushing four home runs, including Andy Wilkins’ first career blast. The win was punctuated by a four run 6th inning, which saw home runs by both Wilkins and Martin Maldonado, who hit a 3-run shot (4th of the season.) The win also spoiled the debut of Arizona’s top prospect, Jordan Shipley. Former Brewers Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks also came back to Milwaukee, with both receiving receptions from the crowd.
Star of the Night: Jonathan Villar (2 for 5, HR (8), RBI (36))
Trade rumors continue to swirl, with catcher Jonathan Lucroy being at the center of talks. Reports surfaced over the weekend that the New York Mets had offered 27 year-old catcher Travis D’Arnaud in a deal for Lucroy, a deal which the Brewers declined. The same report also stated that the Cleveland Indians as well as the Texas Rangers were still interested in the longtime Brewers backstop. Other names that have been discussed for trades include closer Jeremy Jeffress and reliever Will Smith, both of which have been connected with a possible Lucroy trade.
The trade deadline is in just a number of days, and it will be of much discussion on CCC as a whole as well as next week’s version of Brewers Week in Review!