Jul 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcherJonathan Lucroy
(20) talks with pitcherWily Peralta
(38) during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Brewers are still in first in what appears will be a three team race to the finish. Despite giving away a Dodger sweep the Brewers still took consecutive series from successful ball clubs; the types of series that need to be won if this team is going to make the postseason. No one player is leading the charge, each night someone else has been stepping up. Here’s the latest edition of my player power rankings.
1: Wily Peralta
First Brewer and National League pitcher to make it to 14 wins gives Peralta the coveted number one spot.
2: Jonathan Lucroy
The winner of the Jonathan Lucroy award (quietly doing his job well) goes to Jonathan Lucroy and his .308 batting average/12 home runs.
Honorable Mention: Scooter Gennett
Reynolds now has 20 home runs, including a tape measure shot against Chicago that set the tone for another first game series win. Also important to note that Reynolds now has WAR of 1.3, this is your weekly reminder that last year’s first base “platoon” posted a negative WAR.
4: Zach Duke
With an ERA at 2.01 with over 44 innings of work, Duke is moving quickly toward the top of the Doug Melvin “good moves” resume.
Honorable Mention: Francisco Rodriguez
His scoreless streak hit a minor bump in the road, but there’s nothing like a game against the Cubs to regain your confidence.
6: Carlos Gomez
Gomez only has WAR of 3.8 which only sounds low given his MVP type season last year.
7: Khris Davis
Davis continues to experience ups and downs in his first full season. Still with a WAR of 2.7 he should continue to keep his job (despite the signing of Gerardo Parra). Besides, maybe the signing wasn’t for Davis (see Ryan Braun’s WAR of 2.0).
8: Mike Fiers
I was shocked Fiers pitched for the injured Matt Garza and even more shocked at the result. Well done Mr. Fiers. I was wrong (once again).
9: Aramis Ramirez / Ryan Braun
The 1-2 punch of Braun and Ramirez has been consistent, yet rather pedestrian for the two of them. This is okay provided they stay healthy and can provide the clutch hits in September.
10: Gerardo Parra
The initial report was “Brewers Sign Parra” and I immediately thought NOOOOO! Then I realized it wasn’t Manny, but rather a gold glove outfielder. I’m okay with that.
There’s my “rankings”, what’s yours? Feel free to comment below and let us know.