The Grandal-hitting-leadoff experiment is paying off. Brewers manager Craig Counsell slotted his catcher there for the first time Saturday, and he’s stuck with it the past two games since. In 14 plate appearances as the leadoff hitter, Grandal is 4-for-12 with one double, two homers, two walks and three RBI. Grandal’s success at his new role comes just in time for the All-Star starters election, which runs through Thursday afternoon. “Yaz” is up against some stiff competition for the starting catcher position -- Chicago’s Willson Contreras and Atlanta’s Brian McCann -- but has a decent chance as the leader in homers (18) and walks (42) among NL catchers.
Milwaukee Bucks (⬆ UP)
The 2018-19 postseason might have left the up-and-coming Bucks with a sour taste in their mouths, but the 2019 NBA Awards show definitely did not. Milwaukee stole the show Monday night as Giannis Antetokounmpo was named league MVP, Mike Budenholzer was handed the Coach of the Year award and Jon Horst was recognized as the Executive of the Year. In the words of Antetokounmpo, those accolades “are just the beginning.”
Wisconsin Badgers linemen (⬇ DOWN)
A video of Wisconsin linemen attempting (key word there: attempting) to catch punts went viral earlier this week. Let’s just say their form was … questionable. But still -- is it football season yet?
Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder (⬆ UP)
Braun is on a roll. He’s gone 5-for-9 with four doubles, three runs scored and one steal over his last two games. Braun also made two great plays Tuesday night, sliding to make a catch in left field in the first inning, then later throwing out a Seattle runner at home in the seventh. Now that’s some great baseball.
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Zach Davies, Brewers pitcher (⬇ DOWN)
On June 2, Davies dazzled Pittsburgh and allowed just two runs over eight innings of work, lowering his season ERA to 2.20. But since then, Davies has been shaky at best. He hasn’t pitched more than five innings in his last four outings and has yielded 15 earned runs in those starts (16 2/3 innings). Once the saving grace of Milwaukee’s struggling starting staff, Davies overall numbers still look ok -- 7-2 record, 3.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP -- but the Brewers need more from the right-hander who looked like he figured it out early this season.