Travis Shaw and Eric Thames
These two new additions to the Brewers lineup have provided some much-needed left-handed power that this team has lacked for the last couple years. Both Thames and Shaw have been significant contributors to this Milwaukee lineup during the first four games. Thames has played in three of the first five games batting 2nd every game. As of now, it looks like Thames is sitting against lefties, and Aguilar is getting the playing time against the southpaws Shaw has been batting fourth in the first four of the five games.
Now that Shaw is out of Boston he will get the opportunity to play every day and show that he is able to hit left-handed pitching. Shaw is only 26 and can be a significant part of the Brewers lineup for many years if he proves capable. Shaw has started the year red hot, hitting .333 with one HR, five RBI, and four doubles. Shaw is in a great spot with this team, having Villar, Thames, and Braun hitting in front of him on a regular basis. For a fantasy perspective, he is eligible to play both 1st base and 3rd base. A good player to have in your corner infield position on your fantasy team. While still early, he has six ABs against left-handed pitchers and has two of his four doubles and two of his five RBI, let’s see if this trend continues.
Thames was a pretty big deal during his three seasons in Korea in the KBO he hit 124 HR 382 RBI 64 SB and a .349 BA. He was a superstar on that team, and I am hoping he can maintain that pace in Milwaukee. I expect some struggles against MLB pitching, but he can be a significant contributor to this team if he is able to hit around .280-.300 with 25-30 HR he will be a superstar with the Brewers. I would love to see him continue hitting in the two spot and splitting time between 1st and OF. He has started the year, one HR three RBI and a .333 BA.
Ladies and gentlemen, after one start the Brewers have someone in the CY Young conversation! Wily Peralta came out Wednesday and looked very sharp for his first start of the season. He pitched five strong innings, giving up three hits one walk and struck out five batters. Many times, his fastball was clocked at 98+ MPH. The only downside to his start was his pitch count, he threw 90 pitches in those five innings of work. Peralta has always had the potential to be a solid number two or three pitchers in the big leagues, but he has struggled to take the next step during his time with the Brewers. After a solid WBC and a solid start to the season us, Brewers fans have something to look forward too.