Jimmy Nelson and Brandon Woodruff, Brewers pitchers (↑ UP)
Nelson and Woodruff were more than up to the task when facing the Washington Nationals, who have the third-best record in the major leagues. On Sept. 1, Nelson threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 11, the latter tying his season high and the sixth time he post double-digit Ks. The next day, Woodruff, in just his fourth career start, allowed one run in seven innings on only two hits and one walk while fanning a career-high eight. Woodruff has an ERA of 1.52 and in his four starts has allowed 0, 1, 1 and 2 runs.
Stephen Vogt, Brewers catcher (↑ UP)
This was a nice waiver-wire pickup by Milwaukee to say the least. With Manny Pina sidelined, Vogt played in six games last week and went 7 for 19 (.368) with a couple of doubles while driving in three. In 25 games with the Brewers, Vogt is hitting .308/.333/.600 with five home runs. We're not sure why Oakland gave up on Vogt, but, um, thanks.
Associated PressTom Lynn
Jonathan Taylor, Badgers running back (↑ UP)
In some fans' eyes, Taylor went from a "he should redshirt" to "he should start" rather quickly. In his Wisconsin debut, Taylor rushed for 87 yards on nine carries (9.7 average), including an eye-popping 41-yard scamper and exciting touchdown run. People aren't forgetting about Bradrick Shaw, but they certainly are remembering Taylor.
Associated PressAndy Manis
Chris James, Badgers running back (↓ DOWN)
Taylor had a big game and Shaw rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown, meanwhile James had just 15 yards on five carries and fumbled. He'll get more opportunities, of course, but it wasn't the best of first impressions.
USA TODAY SportsMary Langenfeld
Travis Shaw, Brewers third baseman (↓ DOWN)
Shaw has been so money all season it's hard to say he's trending down, but a slump, thanks in part to nagging injuries, has seen his average plummet from .293 to .276 over the past three weeks. Shaw was just 2 for 17 last week, but the good news is he had a hit in each of the last two games, including a home run Tuesday.
Associated PressNick Wass
Troy Fumagalli, Badgers tight end (↑ UP)
In Wisconsin's season opener last year, Fumagalli had 100 yards receiving. He upped it this year, hauling in five passes for 105 yards with a touchdown. The senior tight end is expected to be a big part of the Badgers' offense in 2017 and he demonstrated that right from the get-go.
Associated PressAndy Manis
Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
After a bit of a slump, Braun had a couple of multi-hit games last week and smacked his first home run since Aug. 12. Overall, he had eight hits, which included a pair of doubles, good for a .364 average and .591 slugging percentage.
Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (↓ DOWN)
It was a tough week for the Milwaukee lefty, who allowed runs in three of the four games he pitched, including allowing home runs in back-to-back games. He allowed three hits in a game for just the second time all season as well, to Washington on Sept. 2, as he suffered the first of his two losses on the week.
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Packers fans (↑ UP)
Enough of the preseason and talk of players at the bottom of the roster and who might make the practice squad. The regular season is here. Finally. YES!!