BrewCap: Jeffress Collapses Yet Again for the Brewers
Jeremy Jeffress is one of the best stories of the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers. He’s an All-Star after a long-term struggle with drugs and alcohol throughout his minor league career plus having issues outside of Milwaukee. Jeffress has been nothing short of amazing for this team especially when Corey Knebel faltered in the month of August. Jeffress hit the skids in the postseason. He blew a save in Game 1 of the NLCS, then yesterday, he gave up a two-run homer to Justin Turner in the eighth inning to give Los Angeles a split in Milwaukee. Things aren’t over for the Brewers, but a tinge of concern is setting in.
Player of the Game: Wade Miley – Look, we can debate all day if Miley should have kept pitching in this baseball game. There will always be a ‘what if’ to Game 2. That said, what if Turner took Miley deep in the sixth inning with Corbin Burnes warming up in the pen? Craig Counsell faced a dammed if you, dammed if you don’t move here. Miley could have been extended to the seventh, but that’s just not how the Brewers did this year. People need to realize this fact.
Silver Star: Justin Turner – After striking out four times in Game 1, Turner reminded everyone why he’s one of the premier clutch players in baseball. He had the dramatic walkoff homer against the Chicago Cubs last season in Game 2 and did it again on Saturday. Turner is a beast, and one of the toughest outs in baseball. If Turner gets hot, it’s bad news for the Brewers.
Honorable Mention: Travis Shaw – I’m going to offer what we call a ‘hot take’, but Shaw needs to be playing in every lineup. Mike Moustakas had a moment, but he hasn’t been that great in the postseason. I’d like to see Shaw get the start at third when Los Angeles sends Rich Hill on the mound Tuesday. He seems more dialed in at the moment and the homer off Alex Wood was definite proof.
Milwaukee will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound in Game 3 to face Walker Buehler. Chacin got rocked by the Dodgers at this very stadium in early August. Let’s hope that doesn’t repeat on Monday afternoon. Buehler faced the Brewers early this year in a 1-0 defeat where he struck out seven. He’ll look to bounce back from his start against Atlanta last week.