Grandal padded his All-Star resume by tallying his fourth multi-hit game of the month Tuesday when he went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and four RBI in Milwaukee’s 10-8 loss to Houston. Unfortunately, Grandal is on the outside looking in when it comes to the primary All-Star Game voting -- but it shouldn’t be that way. He has 195,922 votes, which is fifth among National League catchers behind Chicago’s Willson Contreras, Atlanta’s Brian McCann, Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto and St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. However, among all NL catchers, Grandal ranks first in batting average (.282), slugging percentage (.544) and homers (14). He’s tied for first in on-base percentage (.381) and RBI (36), and he comes in at second in hits (58). Vote for this man.
Freddy Peralta, Brewers pitcher (➡ EVEN)
Back in the starting rotation, Peralta had one great outing in the past week -- and one not-so-great outing. After the Brewers were shellacked by the lowly Miami Marlins in the opening two games of the series last week, Peralta salvaged the series by giving Milwaukee a quality start, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out nine hitters in six innings. It was his second quality start of the season and his third win. But it was a different story Tuesday night. Houston’s lethal lineup jumped all over the 23-year-old, notching six runs on eight hits (two homers) and bumping him out of the game in the fifth inning.
Josh Jones, Packers safety (⬇ DOWN)
Jones squawked in the offseason about his displeasure on the lack of playing time that’s on tap for him this season in Green Bay. After all, first-round pick Darnell Savage Jr. and veteran Adrian Amos, who signed a four-year deal worth $37 million in free agency, will likely be the two starters at safety once the season rolls around. Well, Jones wasn’t traded. He didn’t report to organized team activities but was there on the opening day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, avoiding a big fine but not exactly looking like the best teammate after begging for a trade. Jones didn’t practice, either.
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Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (⬆ UP)
Yelich was mortal in May (well, in his standards anyway), batting .247 and tallying *just* 11 RBI. Well, the reigning MVP has enjoyed the month of June. Through nine games this month, Yelich has tallied at least one hit in all nine and multiple hits in seven. He’s batting .559/.610/1.088 with four homers, nine RBI and five walks in those games. Also, Yelich has the second-most All-Star votes among all National League players with 1,057,855. Yelich and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger were the only two players in baseball to receive over one million votes at the first release of the primary ballot results.
Jimmy Nelson, Brewers pitcher (⬇ DOWN)
Nelson’s long-awaited return to a big-league mound was quite the storyline. When he toed the rubber against Miami last Wednesday, it was his first MLB outing since Sept. 8, 2017. However, the perfect storyline ended there. Nelson was solid through two innings but found himself in a heap of trouble in the third, allowing four runs before being pulled. Milwaukee is being cautious with the right-hander, so he’ll get his next chance Saturday -- off 10 days rest -- in San Francisco against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.
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