Brewers rookie Keston Hiura on fire out of the break
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Keston Hiura, Brewers second baseman (↑ UP)
Hiura has come out of the All-Star break with his bat on fire. In Milwaukee’s first five games of the second half, the rookie second baseman went 12-for-19 with six extra-base hits (three doubles, a triple and two homers), a slash line of .632/.696/1.211. Hiura had multiple hits in four of those five games including a trio of three-hit games. On Monday he fell a home run short of the cycle but made up for it Tuesday, hitting one out of the park among his three hits (he also scored three runs and drove in a pair). Hiura already had four three-hit games for the Brewers this season, which is the fifth most on the club. On the season (entering Wednesday’s day game), Hiura is hitting .317/.383/.592 with nine homers, which he’s hitting at a rate rarely seen by a Brewers rookie.
Lorenzo Cain, Brewers center fielder (↑ UP)
Cain’s defense remains top notch but he’s struggled at the plate this season after being a catalyst in 2018. Maybe Cain is starting to turn things around with his bat. He had three multi-hit games last week and overall was 8-for-28 with two doubles and a home run (.333/.385/.542).
Brewers shortstops (↓ DOWN)
Orlando Arcia started losing playing time because he wasn’t hitting and his defense had slipped from recent years. However, Tyler Saladino, called up from Triple-A, hasn’t exactly been able to cement himself at the position, either. And Arcia isn’t doing himself any favors trying to reclaim the job. In Milwaukee’s first five games after the break, Saladino had one hit (1-for-11), which was one more than Arcia, who was 0-for-12. Although Arcia did walk three times and Saladino had none. Arcia is now hitting .230/.295/.390 (after a 2018 in which he slashed .236/.268/.307) while Saladino is 4-for-40 (all singles) in a couple stints with Milwaukee.
Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
It’s easy to consistently praise Yelich, who is turning in another MVP season. But let’s also praise one aspect of his game that often gets overlooked – his baserunning. In this age of power, Yelich is also doing great things with his feet. He stole four bases last week and smartly scored on a wild pitch which didn’t bounce too far away from the catcher in Tuesday’s win. Yelich now has 23 steals on the season – which is already a career high (he had 22 last year) and also leads the National League. He’s been caught stealing just twice. Yelich’s 92.0% steal percentage currently ranks second highest in Brewers history among players with at least 25 steal attempts in a season. What can’t this guy do?
Matt Albers and Corbin Burnes, Brewers relievers (↓ DOWN)
Both appeared in two games and long story short let’s just say neither fared well in the four combined appearances.
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Jay Jackson, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
On the flip side of Albers and Burnes is Jackson, who was recalled from Triple-A this past week. Jackson didn’t fare well in his first go-round with Milwaukee in late April-early May, allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings over three appearances. But in his first two games back with the Brewers he tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and six strikeouts.
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D.J. Wilson, Bucks forward (↓ DOWN)
Entering his third year in the NBA, perhaps this season could be a breakout for Wilson, who showed some potential in Year 2. Looks like he might want to keep working on his shot, though. In three summer-league games, Wilson made just 24.0% of his attempts, including 3 of 15 from 3. OK, it’s just summer league so no one should ever get too excited or concerned, but still, eesh.
David Bakhtiari, Packers tackle (↑ UP)
Lost in all the hubbub of Aaron Rodgers’ perceived (by some) lower-than-expected rating in the upcoming Madden 20, Bakhtiari quietly was ranked the top offensive tackle by the video game franchise. Green Bay’s left tackle might not get the appreciation he deserves (outside of Wisconsin, we mean), but here’s just another reason he should get more.