Veteran catcher Kratz making most of chance with Brewers
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Erik Kratz, Brewers catcher (↑ UP)
It wouldn't be a surprise if Kratz thought he'd never play in the major leagues again. After all, he turns 38 years old on June 15, had been a backup his entire career and got just two at-bats in the majors last year with the New York Yankees. But with Milwaukee looking to get more production out of its No. 2 catcher, Kratz got a lifeline … and so far has made the most of it. Since being acquired by the Brewers, he's played in three games (entering Wednesday's afternoon contest, in which he started) and all he's done is get 6 hits in 12 at-bats -- compiling two hits in each game -- with two home runs. Not a bad way to keep yourself in the big leagues.
I guess there's a reason Matthews isn't a wide receiver. The Packers linebacker is better at rushing the quarterback than he is fielding line drives. It's a good thing he's not a nose tackle, either (all kidding aside, this could have been much worse and it's fortunate he'll just need a little surgery).
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Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
Two games, three innings, no runs, seven strikeouts. Hader continues to excel in his role, in which he is called on for more than one inning. He's made six straight appearance of going at least 1 1/3 inning, hasn't allowed a run since May 5 and Milwaukee has won each of the 20 games in which he's pitched. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Matt Albers, Brewers reliever (↓ DOWN)
Entering last week, Albers had allowed just three earned runs all season. Against the Chicago White Sox, a team for which he played in 2015-16, Albers was touched for three runs in 1 1/3 innings over two games. In the June 3 game, he allowed back-to-back home runs to Daniel Palka and Adam Engel -- doubling the amount of gopher balls he's served up in 2018.
Joe Thomas, former Badgers offensive tackle (↑ UP)
Just a couple of months after retiring from the NFL, Thomas might want to make some plans for next year as he was included on the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. One of the most dominating college linemen, if not the most, of his era, it's hard to see Thomas being left out among the game's all-time greats.