Before we get into this edition of the Week In Review, the Brewers find themselves in a bit of a playoff race (not sure if you’ve heard or not). Here’s how they stack up (standings as of 9/3)

Standings Update:

National League Central

  1. Chicago Cubs: 75-61
  2. Milwaukee Brewers: 72-65 (3.5 GB)
  3. St. Louis Cardinals: 69-67 (6.0 GB)
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates: 65-72 (10.5 GB)
  5. Cincinnati Reds: 58-79 (17.5 GB)

National League Wild Card Standings:

1st Wild Card: Arizona Diamondbacks 79-58 (+6.5 games)

2nd Wild Card: Colorado Rockies 72-64

Milwaukee Brewers 72-65 (0.5 GB)

St. Louis Cardinals 69-67 (3.0 GB)

Miami Marlins 67-69 (5.0 GB)

Pittsburgh Pirates 65-72 (7.5 GB)

Well, they did it. After 13 games against some of the best that MLB had to offer (and the Giants), the Brewers have weathered the storm. After series wins against the Dodgers, Rockies and Nationals, the Crew escaped what was, according to some, a possible nail in the coffin may have become a major shot in the arm for a team that very much needed one headed into the season’s final 25 games.

The Week Ahead

 

Upcoming series: @ Cincinnati (9/4-9/6) and @ Chicago Cubs (9/8-9/10)

Pitching matchups @ Cincinnati: Chase Anderson (8-3, 2.96 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey (4-7, 7.51 ERA); Zach Davies (16-7, 3.85 ERA) vs. Robert Stephenson (3-4, 5.52 ERA); TBD (likely Jimmy Nelson) vs. Luis Castillo (2-7, 3.32 ERA)

Pitching matchups @ Chicago Cubs: TBD vs. John Lackey (11-10, 4.74 ERA); TBD vs. TBD; TBD vs. TBD

Weekly Awards

Rollie Fingers Award for First-Team All-Swagger (player that went out “balls to the wall”)

Winner: Keon Broxton

His game-saving catch on Randal Grichuk and his reaction afterwards… that is all.

The Robin Yount Award for Pure and Utter Dominance (Most Dominant Player)

Winner: Domingo Santana

Who else could this award have gone to after his monster performance on Sunday to lead Milwaukee to a 7-2 victory, and crucial four game series win over, the Washington Nationals. Now, had Manny Pina gotten just a little more power on his swing on Saturday night to walk things off in his first at-bat back, he would have had a chance at this award. However, Santana takes it home as he continues to excel and truly live up to his first name on Sundays.

The Ben Sheets Award for Best Heat (Best Pitcher)

Winner: Zach Davies

On July 25th, I said on a Cream City Central Bumpers entry (go subscribe now) that we as Brewers fans would see the Zach Davies of old that night against the Nationals. In that game, the baby-faced pitcher would do just that (7.2 innings, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts, 3 walks). Little did I know at that time that he would save the jewel in his 2017 crown for the best of them all, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Davies, or as he was known in this game “Bat Boy”, was simply outstanding against the boys in blue. He pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball against one of the top offenses in the game while only allowing 3 hits and striking out 7 hitters without walking a single one. What better time for the Zach Davies of 2016 to come out again than when the Brewers need him most.

Prospect Update

AAA: Colorado Springs

Lewis Brinson (Brewers No. 1 Prospect; MLB.com’s #15 overall): .331, 22 2B, 4 3B, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB (76 games) Currently out with hamstring injury

Mauricio Dubon (Brewers No. 9 Prospect): .274, 15 2B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 7 SB (56 games played with CS)

Brett Phillips (Brewers No. 12 Prospect): .305, 23 2B, 10 3B, 19 HR, 78 RBI, 9 SB (105 games with CS) September Call-Up

AA: Biloxi Shuckers

Luis Ortiz (Brewers No. 3 Prospect; MLB.com’s #78 overall): 4-7, 3.99 ERA, 90.1 IP, 78 K, 33 BB, 1.20 WHIP, .226 Opponent AVG

Corbin Burnes (Brewers No. 7 Prospect): 3-3, 2.10 ERA, 85.2 IP, 84 K, 20 BB, 1.00 WHIP, .212 AVG

Jake Gatewood (Brewers No. 18 Prospect): .259, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB (21 games)

 

A: Carolina Mudcats/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Corey Ray (Brewers No. 2 Prospect; MLB.com’s #66 overall): .236, 28 2B, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 24 SB at A Adv Carolina (110 games)

Keston Hiura (Brewers No. 5 Prospect; MLB.com’s #91 overall): .333, 10 2B, 2 3B, 15 RBI, 2 SB at A Wisconsin (26 games)

Lucas Erceg (Brewers No. 10 Prospect): .256, 33 2B, 15 HR, 81 RBI at A Adv Carolina (127 games); Called up to AAA Colorado Springs

Trey Supak (Brewers No. 16 Prospect): 3-4, 4.60 ERA, 72.1 IP, 57 K, 28 BB, 1.29 WHIP, .241 AVG at Adv A Carolina

Mario Feliciano (Brewers No. 25 Prospect): .251, 16 2B, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 10 SB at A Wisconsin (103 games)

 

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