The Brewers are rolling right now! It is almost hard to believe how fast this team has come together. It is July and they sitting atop the Central division. Not only are the Brewers shining but it also a lot of fun to watch the Cubs and Cardinals limp their way to the All Star Game.
Orlando Arcia has been amazing. We have always known he has a smooth glove and he’s certainly been showing it off the last month but now he’s hitting as well. He has driven his batting average up to a .295 and has been dialed in at the plate. We have been hearing how great Arcia could be and I was jacked when they pulled him up last season but now to see what this guy is doing this early in his career…. It’s unbelievable. At this rate we could be looking at one of the best short stops in the league developing right in front of our eyes.
With another commanding outing yesterday, Jimmy Nelson has continued to be lights out as he is shaping up to be the clubs ace this year. But I think the big story is in the bullpen. They went from being one of the worst in league to being what seems to be revolving door of different guys to get the job done. I love that David Stearns is not afraid to call guys up and send them down interchangeably depending on what the Brewers needed at that day week or even that day. And now he has a pen who has drastically improved. Josh Hader is everything I was hoping for and as he improves his control and walks less he will only get more deadly. Although Jacob Barnes has leveled out a bit after starting hot, he is still sporting a 3.82 ERA and has been a solid set up man. Then you have Corey Knebel, who’s year has included his first All Star nod, an MLB strike out record and the revealing of a baby girl on the way (not to mention the 1.13 ERA). For some reason the Brewers always seem to find a closer when they need one and they have that in Knebel.
And I feel like I need to mention Stephen Vogt. Stearns strikes again picking up the former all-star off waivers. Since joining Milwaukee Vogt is hitting .333, has 3 dingers and has been solid behind the plate. It’s like he’s been a completely different person since joining the Crew. But Milwaukee does tend to have that effect on folks! Plus the guy is downright likeable. LOVE that he is wearing number 12 and bats without gloves; reminds me of Jason Kendall but with a better bat. I know his tenure in Milwaukee is just starting but I’m excited to see him play out the rest of the year.
None of the “experts” had the Crew in first come July! But here we are and Milwaukee is leading the way and I’m excited to see how they finish going into the break. Could they run up the division lead to 5? 6? It’s a fun time to be a Brewers fan!
Go Brew Crew.