Talk about making a good impression with your new team. While he did allow a home run in his first appearance, it was a solo shot and the Brewers had a 2-0 lead (and would win 2-1). In his next game, Swarzak fanned two of the three hitters he faced in a clean inning and on Tuesday, in the eighth inning and with the tying run on base, he struck out all thee St. Louis batters who opposed him on just 12 pitches.
Jimmy Nelson, Brewers starting pitcher (↑ UP)
The breakout season for Nelson just rolls along. In two starts last week, he allowed four runs in 13 innings (2.77 ERA) on 10 hits and only two walks while striking out 17. On the season, Nelson has a 3.37 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2.15 BB/9, 10.03 K/9 and 4.66 K/BB.
The fight for playing time at nose tackle was wide open and Green Bay's third-round pick had a good a shot as any to earn on-field action. But that's all been delayed as foot surgery will keep Adams out for a while and move him to the back of the pecking order.
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Lewis Brinson, Brewers center fielder (--> EVEN)
Brinson got a few starts in center before Keon Broxton was called back up. Brinson hit only .133 (2 for 15), but both of his hits were home runs -- the first two of his career. He also walked four times, which is another good sign for his future. The future just doesn't appear to be now, though.
Brewers offense (↓ DOWN)
Milwaukee scored just 15 runs in six games last week -- and five of those came in one game. Eight players with 11 or more at-bats hit .211 or worse in that span as the team especially struggled to hit with runners in scoring position.
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Michael Blazek, Brewers pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Blazek was used in a spot start -- his first ever in the majors -- and to say the least it did not go well. Pitching just 2 2/3 innings in Washington on July 27, Blazek allowed six home runs -- including four in a row and five in six batters.
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Jeremy Jeffress, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
In his eight-year career, Jeffress has pitched for the Brewers (twice), Royals, Rangers and Blue Jays. With Milwaukee, he has a 2.38 ERA in 151 1/3 innings. With the other three combined, Jeffress compiled a 4.76 ERA in 96 1/3 innings. So when the Brewers re-acquired Jeffress from Texas, where he had a 5.31 ERA this season, it might just mean things are looking up for him once again.