No matter what you think of Milwaukee's recent signings of Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez, the strategy seems clear: Surround Antetokounmpo with role players who can help spread the floor outside and open up the inside. Last season, Giannis shot a career-best 75.6 percent on shots taken from within 3 feet of the basket. So, yeah.
Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
Named an All-Star for the first time in his career, Yelich homered in his first at-bat in Tuesday's game, one of a record 10 home runs hit in this year's Midsummer Classic. Even though the National League lost the exhibition game, Yelich created a lifelong memory for sure.
Brandon Woodruff, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Recalled by Milwaukee from Triple-A on July 13 to give the bullpen a fresh arm, Woodruff did just that -- pitching three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. However, his shining moment came in the sixth inning, when the left-handed hitting (but right-handed throwing) Woodruff opened the frame with a home run to right field off Pittsburgh starter Nick Kingham. It was Woodruff's first major-league home run, but not his first as a pro. In 2016 with Biloxi, he homered and also doubled, compiling a .292/.320/.458 slash line in 24 at-bats. Woodruff has been no slouch at the plate in the majors, either, with four hits in 17 at-bats (.235) and the homer.
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Junior Guerra, Brewers starting pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Guerra had been back to his 2016 form after a rough, and injury-plagued, 2017 season. But he was roughed up for six runs on nine hits -- both of which were the most he's allowed all season -- in just four innings against Pittsburgh on Friday and shortly thereafter was placed on the disabled list with a forearm injury. There's not much other information, but the Brewers, and Guerra, certainly hope his stay on the DL is a short one.
Tyler Saladino, Brewers shortstop (↑ UP)
Saladino has started seven straight games at shortstop, had four two-hit games last week (batting .348 overall), has seen Brad Miller struggle at the plate (1 or 11 last week), Orlando Arcia trying to find his footing in Triple-A and Manny Machado reportedly not headed to Milwaukee. Not a bad week for a guy who was discarded by the Chicago White Sox in a straight cash deal back in mid-April.