Record Last Week: 4-3
Runs Scored: 36
Runs Surrendered: 33
Standing: 49-42 (1.0 GB in NL Central)
Game 85 | MIL 8, CHC 6
Game 86 | CHC 7, MIL 6
Game 87 | CHC 4, MIL 3
Game 88 | MIL 6, CHC 5
Game 89 | MIL 7, CIN 3
Game 90 | CIN 8, MIL 5
Game 91 | MIL 1, CIN 0
NEWS AND NOTES
The Brewers made a point of maximizing the usage of their players this week, with players like Devin Williams, Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps, and William Contreras playing more than usual. Specifically, Williams found himself pitching a lot this past week, and will not be partaking in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Corbin Burnes will, however, as he was named as a replacement for Atlanta’s Spencer Strider.
On the transactions front, the Brewers had their most active week yet. There weren't many major moves or injuries, but the constant shuffle between pitchers racked up quite the list. The important transactions include Rowdy Tellez’s injury and release of Matt Bush.
Here's the full list of moves from last week alone:
- 07/09/23 - Sent 3B Mike Brosseau outright to Nashville Sounds.
- 07/08/23 - Activated RHP Jason Alexander from the 60-day injured list.
- 07/08/23 - Activated RHP Abner Uribe.
- 07/08/23 - Designated RHP Tyson Miller for assignment.
- 07/08/23 - Sent RHP Jake Cousins on a rehab assignment to ACL Brewers.
- 07/08/23 - Optioned RHP Jason Alexander to Nashville Sounds.
- 07/08/23 - Recalled RHP Abner Uribe from Nashville Sounds.
- 07/06/23 - Sent LHP Justin Wilson on a rehab assignment to Nashville Sounds.
- 07/06/23 - Signed free agent RHP Francisco Guevara to a minor league contract.
- 07/05/23 - Released LHP Thomas Pannone.
- 07/05/23 - Activated 3B Brian Anderson from the paternity list.
- 07/05/23 - Placed 1B Rowdy Tellez on the 10-day injured list with right forearm inflammation.
- 07/05/23 - Signed free agent RHP Alejandro Parra to a minor league contract.
- 07/05/23 - Designated 3B Mike Brosseau for assignment.
- 07/05/23 - Optioned LHP Clayton Andrews to Nashville Sounds.
- 07/05/23 - Optioned RHP J.B. Bukauskas to Nashville Sounds.
- 07/05/23 - Selected the contract of RHP J.C. Mejía from Nashville Sounds.
- 07/05/23 - Recalled RHP Tyson Miller from Nashville Sounds.
- 07/03/23 - Placed 3B Brian Anderson on the paternity list.
- 07/03/23 - Released RHP Matt Bush.
- 07/03/23 - Signed free agent CF Jahmai Jones. Activated CF Jahmai Jones.
If you missed any of the games this past week, I quickly implore you to find the highlights from them anywhere possible. The Brewers played in four one-run games against the Cubs, and a high-intensity back-and-forth series against the Reds last week. Here are the biggest moments of the week:
The biggest swing of the season may belong to Jahmai Jones, who wasted little time in his Brewers debut, swinging at the first pitch he saw to clear the bases and tie the game in Monday’s win against the Cubs.
The MLB Futures game was this past week, with Brewers minor leaguers Jackson Chourio, Jefferson Quero, and Jacob Misiorowski all featuring in the ballgame. Perhaps the showstealer of the game was Misiorowski, who generated six whiffs and two strikeouts in his inning of work.
Jacob Misiorowski, Electric Stuff. ⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/kaVLcLPL69— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 9, 2023
Both Christian Yelich and Willy Adames have begun to lead an offensive surge of late, with Adames on a power binge, and Yelich continuing two months of hot hitting. Three weeks ago, the Brewers' offense was as good as dead, and the team faced 17 straight games. They won 11 of those games, and averaged over five runs per contest during the span.
Abner Uribe earned his first call-up to MLB this past week, making his debut against Cincinnati on Saturday. He pitched two innings, picking up his first two major-league strikeouts, all while touching triple digits with his fastball.
Despite the successful week, the Brewers let a few games slip away. The first one was the 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Tuesday, where Brewers runners were thrown out at home twice in extras. The Cubs would break the Brewers' hearts again the following day, mounting a comeback against Devin Williams in the 9th to win the game 4-3.
Despite the recent improvement, the Brewers offense still ranks (very) low in almost every major offensive category heading into the All-Star break. The trade deadline does loom, but the Brewers are going to need to be better in the second half of the season.
The All-Star break is coming at the right time for the Brewers pitching staff, and the wrong time for the Brewers hitters. The staff will certainly benefit from the extra couple days' rest, while the hitters will hope their bats don’t cool from the recent hot streak. That said, the Brewers will travel to Cincinnati after the break, to play the Reds again and try to fully catch them in NL Central standings.
FRIDAY, 7/14: BREWERS @ REDS: TBD vs. TBD
SATURDAY, 7/15: BREWERS @ REDS: TBD vs. TBD
SUNDAY, 7/16: BREWERS @ REDS: TBD vs. TBD