Brewers slugger Aguilar’s long slump might be ending
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Jesus Aguilar, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP)
Aguilar has been relegated to the bench more often than not lately, but he did get two starts in Milwaukee’s five games last week. All he did in those two starts was go 5-for-9 with three home runs and six RBI, including hitting two home runs at Pittsburgh on July 2, just his second multi-homer game this season, the other coming way back on April 29. This year has been a struggle for Aguilar, but perhaps this is an indication that’s he’s getting back to the player who hit .271/.344/.527 with 51 homers from 2017-18.
Mauricio Dubon, Brewers infielder (↑ UP)
Normally we wouldn’t include a player who went 0-for-1 last week. But Dubon has been through a lot in his pro career, including tearing his ACL early last season after getting off to a hot start. But the 24-year-old persevered and became the first native born and raised Honduran to play in the major leagues when he got called up Sunday and delivered his one at bat. Dubon was brought up because of an injury to Orlando Arcia and could be back in Triple-A shortly, but he earned his promotion – he was slashing .303/.343/.491 with a career-high 14 home runs at San Antonio – and should be back in the majors, to stay, soon enough.
Keston Hiura, Brewers second baseman (↓ DOWN)
Unfairly labeled by some fans as a savior to Milwaukee’s offense, Hiura, still just a 22-year-old rookie (he turns 23 in August) had a rough week, going 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts. On the plus side, he did hit a homer and steal two bases. But maybe people should temper those expectations just a tad.
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Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers starting pitcher (↑ UP)
It’s been a rough year for Chacin, who was probably Milwaukee’s best and most consistent starter in 2018. But he’s now coming off one of his best starts of 2019. On July 3 at Cincinnati, Chacin went six innings and allowed two runs, walking no batters – the first time he’s done that all year – while striking out a season-high eight batters. The Brewers could certainly use a little more of that in the second half.
Tyler Saladino, Brewers utility player (↓ DOWN)
Saladino was called up and Hernan Perez, a fan favorite, was taken off the 40-man roster. That move so far hasn’t paid off for Milwaukee. Last week Saladino was 3-for-16 with six strikeouts and since his recall is 3-for-27 (.111) with no extra-base hits and 11 whiffs. On the bright side, he’s yet to make an error while playing short, second, third and left field.
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Sterling Brown, Bucks guard ( EVEN)
First the good news: Entering Wednesday night’s game in Las Vegas, Brown is averaging a team-high 29.7 minutes with 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The bad news: He’s shooting just 23.9. Make of those numbers however you want. After all, it’s just the summer league.