Last week we had Hiura as a stock down due to a hitting slump. Well, the slump’s over. Hiura was 7-for-20 in the last week with six runs and five RBI. He had three hits – a double and two home runs -- in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7 and added another homer on Aug. 10 vs. Texas. His slugging percentage for the week was .900 and his OPS 1.335.
Adrian Houser, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Entering this week, Houser’s M.O. this year had been as stellar out of the bullpen (18 hits and six runs (five earned) in 30 2/3 innings) and struggling as a starter (48 hits and 25 runs in 33 innings). That all might have changed after his performance against Texas on Aug. 10. With their rotation in shambles due to injuries, the Brewers gave Houser another chance to start and he dazzled, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while fanning a career-high 10 batters.
Orlando Arcia, Brewers shortstop (↓ DOWN)
When Hernan Perez came back up to Milwaukee, Arcia went down – onto the bench. Arcia received only two starts last week in the Brewers’ five games, going a combined 1-for-7. The good news is he hasn’t made an error since June 18, a span of 41 games (with 35 starts). The bad news is he’s also hitting just .208/.268/.312 over that time, which is why he’s seen his playing time dwindle.
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Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (↓ DOWN)
We’re not sure what’s to blame – juiced baseballs, bad location or a combination of both – but Hader has been serving up a lot of gopher balls this season. He’s allowed a home run in back-to-back games, including a go-ahead three-run shot by Minnesota’s Marwin Gonzalez on Tuesday, three in his past four outings and four in his last six. The crazy thing is Hader is allowing only 4.9 hits per nine innings this season, but 2.1 HR/9 (13 of the 30 hits he’s allowed have gone over the wall), while his 0.808 WHIP is a career best as is his 16.7 K/9, which currently is the fifth-best rate of all time (min. 20 innings).
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Jordan Lyles, Brewers starting pitcher (↑ UP)
We’d love to see the comments from the people who panned the trade for Lyles after he had a third straight strong start for Milwaukee. Pitching seven innings for just the second time this season (the other was for Pittsburgh back on May 17), Lyles handcuffed Texas to just three hits and one run while striking out nine on Aug. 11. Unfortunately, the Brewers were handcuffed as well by the Rangers’ Mike Minor and lost 1-0, but it was another encouraging sign from Lyles, who has allowed one earned run in each of his 2019 appearances for Milwaukee.
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Oren Burks, Packers linebacker (↓ DOWN)
Burks, one of Green Bay’s starting inside backers, was injured in the team’s preseason opener. The first report was he had torn a pectoral muscle, would need surgery and thus be lost for the season. Further examination showed it wasn’t that bad and he’d be back … TBD. Burks and the Packers have said he’s day-to-day but the reality is he’ll likely be missing regular-season games. Inside linebacker is not a position of depth for the Packers and the team will now have to rely on a rookie, Ty Summers, to fill the gap.