The Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this week, but how dominant was their effort? The Brewers outscored the Reds 29-12, sure, but what else happened this week in Cincinnati?
You might have heard that first baseman Eric Thames was fantastic. That is, of course, assuming you don’t live under a rock. After three more games against the Reds, his OPS is sitting at 1.393 and he’s leading the league with 11 homers. He did exit Wednesday’s game late with an apparent hamstring injury, but it’s believed to be minor, and he’s expected to back in the lineup this weekend.
Catchers Jett Bandy and Manny Pina were expected to limit the Brewers offense heading into, 2017, but that hasn’t been the case. The two catchers have split time behind the dish, and both have an OPS over 1.000. Pina and Bandy combined to go 5-for-9 with two walks, five runs scored, and three RBIs in the three-game set against the Reds.
Utility man Hernan Perez worked his way into the lineup in all three games and was a huge factor for the Brewers. Perez torched the Reds pitching to the tune of six hits in 11 ABs with a double, a triple, two homers, eight RBIs, five runs scored, and stolen base. Perez simply has to stay in the lineup at least through the weekend.
Even struggling second baseman Jonathan Villar has his batting average officially at the Mendoza Line. Villar went 0-for-4 with a walk in the series opener, but followed up by going 4-for-10 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the next two games.
On the mound, Zach Davies was the story for the Milwaukee Brewers. Davies tossed five innings of scoreless baseball on Tuesday. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. His ERA on the season now stands at 6.57 even after Tuesday, but five scoreless innings is a result that he can hopefully build off of.
The Brewers come home to face the Atlanta Braves in Miller Park for a three-game set this weekend. Let’s hope that the hot bats and dominating results continue for the Brew Crew as we head into May.