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Brewers Week in Review: Three Up Three Down

Record for the Week: 1-6

Opponents for the Week: @ Giants, @ Dodgers

Summary: This was a rough week for the Crew as they tried to navigate through a trip that has been a struggle in recent years. This week proved difficult as the rebuilding Crew lost 6 of 7 to playoff contending teams in the Giants and Dodgers.

Three up:

Photo by; Roy Dabner

Photo by; Roy Dabner

Jonathan Villar – The Brewers short stop has cleaned up the base running problems that cost him earlier in the season. The positive aspects of his game remain. He posted a 333 batting average for the week (10 of 30). He also continues to lead the majors in stolen bases with 25. It will be interesting to see what position he occupies as the rebuild goes forward. He continues to show he should have some sort of factor in the Brewers future.

ZachDaviesMatt Garza – Garza came fresh off the DL after missing the first two months plus of the season with an arm injury. Garza allowed a fair number of base runners in his first start but was able to keep runs off the board in both starts. Garza pitched 10 innings on the week while only allowing one run. Garza deserved better results this week especially in his Sunday start when he received a no decision. He allowed 5 hits in 6 innings in that start. Considering these are his first two starts of the season and he was facing two talented offenses Garza is off to fabulous start to the season.

Zach Davies – Davies continued a stellar June Friday night at Dodger Stadium. He allowed five hits and one run in seven innings on Friday night. Davies has spun a spectacular June making more starts (4) then he has allowed runs (3). He has allowed a total of 13 hits in his four June starts. Davies has exceeded any ones expectations since the end of April. He looks like another building piece for the future.

Three Down:

Defense – The Brewers defense did nothing to help matters in a difficult road trip. The Brewers committed error totals this week of 1, 0, 4, 2, 1, 0, 1. That comes out to 9 errors in 7 games. To be fair, the Brewers defense made several great plays to back their pitchers and keep runs off the scoreboard on their behalf over the week. But you cannot commit 9 errors in a 7 game week against quality competition. The errors cause line-ups to be turned over additionally, pitch counts to rise, innings to be lengthened, additional base runners, and runs to be scored. Nothing positive comes out of that many errors in a week’s time.

Tyler Thornburg – Thornburg has been great all season as the Brewers primary set-up man. But he had a rough week in Los Angeles. He blew two leads against the Dodgers allowing a game tying home run on Friday to Jacob Turner followed by being charged with the loss as the Dodgers walked off Sunday. In that game Thornburg walked a batter to load the bases and another to force home the winning run. Thornburg has been good to spectacular all season but he is in a late inning role where pitch execution and not walking batters is essential. Thornburg had problems in both areas this week and each area was responsible in leading to a Brewers loss.

chase-andersonBrewersChase Anderson – Anderson made two starts this week and neither was particularly good. Anderson allowed 11 hits and 11 runs in only 7.1 innings pitched over his two starts this week. Anderson’s numbers have been solid lately but two of the better offenses in the National League got the better of him in their home parks this week.

Bottom Line: This team is undergoing a massive rebuild and the fact is that week’s like this are going to be a part of this season at times. The Brewers need to turn the page and move on to concluding their road trip against the A’s before returning home to face the Nationals who are also leading their division.

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