BrewCap: Crew Avoids Bad Atlanta Weekend
Milwaukee Brewers do not like getting swept. They avoid another one on Sunday, and that’s a common theme this year. Brewers have done a great job on getaway games this year going 12-5. That’s very important for the team because losing streaks don’t typically last long if that’s happening. Brewers made sure of it on Sunday with a 7-0 blowout win over Atlanta to secure a win for the weekend and have good vibes heading to Cincinnati.
Player of the Game: Keon Broxton (Brewers) – What a run that Broxton has been on in the past couple of weeks. Broxton continued it on Sunday with a home run and three runs driven in including a two-out two-run single in the third inning that broke the game wide open. He’s a hell of a ball player.
(Not) Player of the Game: Eric Thames (Brewers) – We thought that Thames was coming back to life last week, and it appeared to be a mirage. He had a great matchup with Julio Teheran and did nothing to show for it while Travis Shaw found the seats with a big fly along with other Brewers who had big days.
Positive: Bullpen keeps getting rest – We did not see much of Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel this weekend against Atlanta which is somewhat of a good thing. I guess my philosophy with Brewers losses lately is that you know they’ll happen, and if they do, let it be a case where the back end of the bullpen is not being used.
Positive: Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar return to the team – Brewers will get two major bats back on Tuesday when Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar are back in the lineup for Milwaukee. Braun will get his left field spot, but Villar might have to fight for time at second base. Eric Sogard is hitting way too well for Craig Counsell to make a switch. Expect Hernan Perez to find opportunities when he can to be a player for this team.
Negative: Can Nick Franklin be the Villar move – I’ll admit I wasn’t happy to see Lewis Brinson go back down. I thought it was time to cut bait with Nick Franklin, and it still might be as Brewers need to make a decision with Villar. Brinson going back down sucks, but when would he play? If Braun would DH, I could see a case for Brinson to stay up here, but that’s not happening often.
Next up: Brewers head to Cincinnati to face a Reds team who has been giving up a ton of runs in the past couple weeks. They won on Sunday, but things haven’t been all that pretty. One thing Milwaukee will need to watch out is Scooter Gennett who is red hot at the plate.