I highly recommend you give this a watch!
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 20, 2018
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) May 18, 2018
I feel like Travis Shaw has quietly been the Brewers best offensive player this season. While his average is down from last season, sitting at .248, he leads the team in most major offensive categories. If Shaw can continue his dominance and bring his average up to last seasons numbers he should be in consideration for MVP.
Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress
Hader is getting some national attention from USA TODAY Sports Major League Baseball columnist, and MLB Network Insider Bob Nightengale. I think it is safe to say the Brewers already have at least one lock for the All-Star game if not a second with Jeffress.
Josh Hader, relief pitcher, is now 11th in the NL in strikeouts.
— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) May 20, 2018
It really is amazing to see relief pitcher Josh Hader hang up there with all these starting pitchers in strikeouts this season. His 56 strikeouts puts him one above Gio Gonzalez and one behind Caleb Smith and Mike Foltynewicz.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 20, 2018
The Twins made zero contact against Josh Hader after Eddie Rosario hit consecutive foul balls while leading off the eighth inning. That’s a span of six different batters, 21 pitches/16 strikes, no contact at all.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 20, 2018
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) May 19, 2018
Jeremy Jeffress currently has a 0.36 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in 24.2 innings, and while Josh Hader gets all the recognition. Jeremy has been just as dominating, putting the Brewers in a great spot in the bullpen with those two studs.
The Road Trip
The Brewers guaranteed themselves their third series win in a row Saturday night after beating the Twins 5-4. Freddy Peralta made his second big league start last night pitching 4.0 innings allowing four runs on three hits. Peralta struggled to find the strike zone, walking six batters in those four innings. Of his 82 pitches, only 44 of them were in the strike zone. Now, I firmly believe that Peralta earned a second start after dominating the Rockies, I don’t think anyone would argue that. However, with Chase Anderson and Zach Davies set to come off the disabled list soon, Peralta will be sent back down to AAA.
Yelich and Aguilar were the two big Brewers bats last night, both hitting key home runs for the Crew. Aguilar had two RBIs and brought his average up to .327 with a .973 OPS. Now I have always been a huge Ryan Braun supporter, I firmly believe he will have his jersey retired with the Brewers when his career does come to an end in Milwaukee. But, for the time being, I am more than happy to let Braun sit on the DL and get healthy. Aguilar has been nothing but good for the Brewers over the last two season in a pinch-hitting role, and when he gets his spot starts.
The Brewers will be starting a ten-game homestand on Monday with the Diamondbacks coming to Milwaukee for three games. Chase Anderson should be making his return from the DL to match-up against Zack Greinke. Tuesday we will see Chacin take on dumpster fire Matt Koch who the Brewers just roughed up for eight earned runs last week. On Wednesday the starter has yet to be named, my guess is it could be Zach Davies returning from the DL to make a start. After the Diamondbacks, The Crew has a four game series vs. the Mets Thursday-Sunday and the homestand wraps up with a three-game series vs. the Cardinals.
*Featured image was taken from Flickr by Rough Tough, Real Stuff