Hader, Jeffress dicing as Brewers bullpen carries the load early in 2018
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Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
You might have heard, but Hader had a historic outing on Monday, striking out eight in 2 2/3 innings. His other appearance last week was in Kansas City on Wednesday when he, yup, struck out the only two batters he faced. Hader has struck out 12 of the last 14 hitters he's faced (walk, fly out the non-Ks). His last 10 outs recorded are strikeouts. He's now struck out 39 batters in 18 innings. He's also given up just four hits. Which is more impressive? Yeah, hard for use to choose, too.
Jeremy Jeffress, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
With Hader unavailable Tuesday, Jeffress went 1 2/3 innings to record a save in Milwaukee's 7-6 win in Cincinnati. It was Jeffress' first save since July 31, 2016 when he was with the Brewers and right before he was dealt to Texas. Jeffress hasn't been Hader-like this year, but he's been pretty darn good. He's allowed just one run and eight hits in 15 2/3 innings.
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Brewers offense (↓ DOWN then ↑ UP)
Milwaukee was shut out three times in a four-game series against the Cubs, scoring just two runs in the other game, and compiling 14 hits overall. Eesh. The good news is the Brewers went from Wrigley Field to Cincinnati, where they've tallied 18 hits and 13 runs in the first two games of the series.
Brian Gutekunst, Packers general manager (↑ UP)
In his first NFL draft as point man for Green Bay, Gutekunst wheeled and dealed, picking up a 2019 first-round pick drafting two cornerbacks who were considered first-round material and added three wide receivers, including Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth round -- 2-3 rounds later than he was projected to go. (OK, he also drafted a punter and a long snapper.) We won't know how these picks will turn out for years to come -- and certainly there will be some misses -- but the early return from pundits was that Gutekunst excelled in his initial draft.
Joe Prunty, Bucks interim head coach (↓ DOWN)
It's not easy being an interim head coach. You have no job future and you're connected to the previous head coach who was fired. Prunty did about as good a job as can be expected. The Bucks were 21-16 under Prunty in the regular season (Milwaukee was 23-23 with Jason Kidd in charge) and took Boston to seven games in the first round of the playoffs before bowing out. But Prunty likely had to make a bigger splash than that to stick around. He's still Kidd's guy (as well as the other assistants) so he probably wasn't going to be back regardless (barring some run to the NBA Finals). At least he got to pad his coaching resume.