After getting off to a slow start to the season, the Brewers outfielder was smoking hot last week. In Milwaukee's five games, Broxton was 9 for 17 (.529) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, five runs, six RBI and two steals. He's reached base in nine straight games (with a hit in eight of those). On April 26, Broxton had a slash line of .169/.258/.305. It is now at .258/.340/.472. What a difference a couple of weeks makes.
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Corey Knebel (↑ UP)
Knebel relieved in four games for the Brewers last week and tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit with eight strikeouts. In other words, Knebel faced 11 batters and struck out all but three of them with only one reaching base. On the season, Knebel has appeared in 18 games -- and had at least one strikeout in each. He's allowed just eight hits in 16 2/3 innings (a .145 batting average) and has fanned 26. Since April 26, Knebel has pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk (he also hit one batter). Are we witnessing a future closer in the making?
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Eric Thames (↑ UP)
There might have been some doubters after Thames went on a power outage. Thames had 11 home runs by April 25, but had just one extra-base hit in the next nine games (a double). Well, in the last two games Thames has gone 5 for 9 with a double and two home runs. His 13 homers are tied for the major-league lead while his .743 slugging percentage is third. Plus, Milwaukee is now playing the cheer song which was used when he played in Korea. C'mon, how can you doubt this guy?
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Jonathan Villar (↓ DOWN)
Villar went just 3 for 21 last week (.143) with no extra-base hits and six strikeouts. He also has had a few baserunning blunders, which isn't endearing himself to Brewer fans or manager Craig Counsell. On the season Villar is batting just .200/.265/.319. A year after leading the majors in steals, Villar has but seven (with three caught stealings).
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Eddie Lacy (↑ UP)
If you're going to leave town, you might as well sell off your goods for charity. Classy -- and smart -- way to leave Green Bay by the former Packers now Seahawks running back. Of course, Lacy shouldn't expect any charity in return when Green Bay and Seattle meet in the first regular-season game.
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Vince Biegel ( -- > NEUTRAL)
The excitement of the former Wisconsin Rapids High School and Wisconsin Badgers linebacker being picked by his homestate team hasn't worn off -- Biegel was the first to arrive at rookie camp and made sure he was in the front row for the meetings. But he also injured his hand in the first workout and had to wear a club the next day. Slow down, Vince, it's a long year.