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Sunday Sundries: Week 14

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I hope you've enjoyed reading these as much as I have writing them.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals
Best of luck, Aaron
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So here we are, at the break. Already. A 3-3 week that feels a bit unsatisfying, but if the Crew goes .500 every week for the rest of the year they’ll win about 75 games.

The roster has started to shift, and we await future moves. Let’s just focus on the past week, shall we?

TOP HITTING STORY

Thank you, Aaron Hill. You did everything the Brewers asked of you, and more. And in your last week, you hit .438 and got on base half the time. You slugged .688, had a double and a homer while driving in 4 runs. Defense was as reliable as ever.

And you brought back two players that are likely to play in the major leagues for the Brewers at some point. Nobody knows how successful they’ll be, but given how well things have worked out so far, they’ll probably be stars.

You will be missed.

Honorable Mention: Jonathon Lucroy continues his solid season, and the lone Brewers All Star hit .381 and slugged .524 with a .409 OBP. That is acceptable.

TOP PITCHING STORY

Michael Blazek has pitched himself into AAA. He was sent down after the game, with no corresponding move announced. It may take a while, what with the break and all.

Anyways, over Blazek’s last 2.1 innings he has given up 7 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, with 2 homeruns allowed. That’s a WHIP of 3.43. To my view, the issue is the slider...it isn’t biting, and gets left down the middle a lot. My guess is he’s still hurt; since he didn’t say anything they can use the minors instead of the DL, although the DL might be a better idea. It’s a good thing that there is depth in the pen...

Honorable Mention: because now Jacob Barnes might have to step up a bit. I have seen grumblings of discontent with Barnes, but to me he looks fine for his role. This past week he put in 2.2 innings and did allow an earned run, but his WHIP was 0.37 and he fanned 2. His role will be expanding.

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

We have a relatively new commenter who has exasperated many with his stubborn refusal to accept the BCB way. He wants newly drafted players brought to the majors. He wants Orlando Arcia at short RIGHT NOW. He wants Maverick up RIGHT NOW. And he is not easily swayed by seemingly rational argument, or easily intimidated. And he backs his stuff up with more than just his opinions. Nice to have some new ideas on here that are leading to discussion...if that’s how it should be described.

tomreagan77 commented on the Aaron Hill trade:

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Do you honestly think

Arcia was rated #4 prospect before the year and # 7 now because of his bat? Do I need to post his stellar batting lines from A+ and AA the last 2 years. He might hit 290, he might hit 250. It doesn’t matter. We’ve discussed ratings don’t translate to the majors, skills do. The reason listed by Pipeline that Arcia will succeed in the bigs is his quick bat and exceptional hand eye coordination. Didn’t any of you notice that in spring training? every time he swung he put the ball in play [well OK he’ll have a low swing and miss rate]. That plays big with RISP, 3B and less than 2 outs or hitting 8th before the P.

He will be no worse than Vizquel and Ozzie at the plate early in their careers, he may gain ten pounds of muscle as he matures and drive the gaps. In the meantime his glove and base stealing are givens.

by tomreagan707 on Jul 8, 2016 | 11:47 AM up

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I look forward to further discussions.

Enjoy the All Star Break. It should be, at worst, a very interesting second half.