The free-agent signing of Cain -- while also adding outfielder Christian Yelich on the same day -- might have come as something of a surprise this past offseason, but Cain has been as advertised, and then some. In six games last week, the center fielder was 8 for 22 with a double and a home run -- for a slash line of .364/.462/.591 -- with six runs, four RBI and three steals. Cain has been the leadoff hitter Milwaukee has been searching for the past few years and is batting .290/.389/.440 with eight home runs, 45 runs and 15 steals. His 3.7 WAR leads the team by a lot (the next-highest is 2.3) and is seventh overall among position players in MLB. His 1.3 defensive WAR is tied for fifth best in the majors.
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Freddy Peralta, Brewers starting pitcher (↑ UP)
Called up to start in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, we once again saw the good Peralta. After dazzling in his MLB debut in Colorado on May 13 (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K), he struggled with his control in Minnesota on May 19 (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 5 K). Sent back to Triple-A, Peralta got another shot a month later with Zach Davies on the disabled list and made a case to get another start (and maybe at home for a change?) after holding the Pirates scoreless in six innings on two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Peralta's 25 strikeouts are the most by a Brewers pitchers in his first three career starts.
Brewers third basemen (↓ DOWN)
Travis Shaw, who is hitting just .246 this season, was 2 for 13 last week (.154) and injured his wrist in Sunday's contest, causing him to miss Milwaukee's next two games. Hernan Perez started in Shaw's absence and was 0 for 7 in those two games after collecting six hits in his previous three games playing second base and shortstop.
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Jesus Aguilar, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP)
With Eric Thames back from the disabled list, Aguilar's playing time naturally is going to decrease. No matter. Aguilar started four games at first base last week -- and homered in three of them, going 7 for 15 in those games with eight RBI. In 63 games (and 188 at-bats) this season, Aguilar had 14 home runs and 45 RBI, just shy of his career highs set last season -- 16 and 52 -- in 279 at-bats.
Eric Thames, Brewers first baseman (↓ DOWN)
Speaking of Thames … yes, he's finally back … but his first full week off the disabled list didn't go as planned. He did crank out two home runs in a 10-9 loss at Philadelphia on June 16, but those were his only hits of the week as he went 0 for 15 with a walk in his 16 other plate appearances while striking out eight times.