Braun must have been drooling when he stepped up to face St. Louis' Dominic Leone on Tuesday night at Miller Park. Yes it's a small sample size, but Braun had faced Leone three times previously and had a single and two home runs. Well, make it 4 for 4 with three homers. Braun's walk-off winner capped a nice comeback against a division foe, sending the crowd (and announcer Brian Anderson) into a frenzy.
Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielders (↑ UP)
Welcome to the club. The two new Brewers outfielders have made a pretty good impression in their first week. Yelich leads Milwaukee with 10 hits -- including a rare five-hit game -- and a .435 average, while his two-out homer in the ninth led to Braun's above heroics. Cain, in his second stint with the Brewers, is second on the team in hits (9) and average (.409) and leads in slugging percentage (.682) and is tied with Yelich for best on-base percentage (.458). The early returns certainly are looking good on two of David Stearns' key offseason acquisitions.
Zach Davies, Brewers starting pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Davies got the nod for Milwaukee's home opener and got tagged for seven runs (six earned) in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to St. Louis. Perhaps Davies should petition manager Craig Counsell to pitch more on the road than at home. Last season, Davies had a 5.82 ERA and .313 opponent batting average in 17 starts at Miller Park and a 2.04 ERA and .235 OBA in 16 away starts. Hmmmm …
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Eric Bledsoe, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
Bledsoe had one 30-point game this season, way back on Nov. 22 in his return to Phoenix in a game in which Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out. With Giannis in the lineup, Bledsoe posted back-to-back 30-point efforts -- 39 against the Lakers and 31 in Denver. Overall last week, Bledsoe averaged a team-high 27.0 points while shooting 65.2 percent from the field, including making 13 of 23 3-point shots (56.5 percent) and making all nine of his free-throw attempts.
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Tony Snell, Bucks guard (↓ DOWN)
Since scoring 18 points at Chicago on March 23, Snell has 18 points combined over his next six games. He made only 5 of 18 shots (27.8 percent) in four games last week -- and that includes a 3-for-5 night vs. the Lakers. In Milwaukee's only loss of the week at Denver, he had but three points and was a minus-15 in box score plus/minus over 33 minutes. Snell played only 16 1/2 minutes in the Bucks' next game vs. Boston, and was scoreless (missing all three shots) and a minus-8.