Brewers slugger Eric Thames hitting like it’s 2017
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Eric Thames, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP)
Thames is throwing it back to April 2017. Thames broke out during his first month back in North America after spending a few seasons as a star in the KBO, putting up Barry Bonds numbers through 24 games before slowly coming back to earth. He's been at it again lately. Thames is 8-for-19 in six games over the past week, and has three home runs in his last four games.
Jesus Aguilar, Brewers first baseman (↓ DOWN)
Thames' success means fewer reps for Aguilar, who has just six at-bats over his past six games and hasn't done much with them. He has just one hit over that span while his slash line is down to .203/.311/.316 through 75 games.
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Keston Hiura, Brewers second baseman (↑ UP)
Sent back to Triple-A once Travis Shaw returned to the lineup in early June -- a decision that caused some major angst amongst Brewers fans -- Hiura forced the issue again by tearing it up in San Antonio. The Brewers' top prospect returned less than a month later after hitting .321 with eight home runs in 20 games for the Missions. He has a hit in four of five games since returning to Milwaukee and is batting .263 with a home run over that span.
Josh Hader, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Hader's most-recent outing wasn't his best. He pitched the eighth inning Monday against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing two hits, two earned runs and a home run. They're his first runs and his first home run allowed since June 1. Still, his numbers were enough to earn him NL Reliever of the Month honors for the second straight month. Hader allowed just one run in 13 1/3 innings last month, racking up 25 strikeouts against just four walks.
Zach Davies, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Davies struggled for a bit last month but got back on track Sunday in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just six hits and an earned run with two strikeouts on 97 pitches. They're not stellar numbers, but it's a marked improvement on his last few outings.
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Nikola Mirotic, former Bucks forward (↔ UNCLEAR)
Mirotic was reportedly in line for a major payday this week, but is instead leaving the NBA for EuroLeague club Barcelona. Mirotic played for Real Madrid from 2008-14, so this isn't entirely out of left field, but a rotation-caliber NBA player heading overseas in his prime with millions on the table? That's new. Hey, if you're going to make money playing basketball, there are worse places to do it.
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Brook Lopez, Bucks center (↑ UP)
Not only is Lopez in agreement with the Bucks on a deal to return to Milwaukee, he's bringing his brother Robin Lopez with him. The duo will play together for the first time since teaming up at Stanford. The press conference antics alone should be worth whatever the Bucks end up paying Robin.