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Milwaukee Brewers: What to do with Shaw and Aguilar?

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers shows his frustration during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers shows his frustration during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /
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Some of the key players from the Milwaukee Brewers successful run last year were Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar. Even though it is still early in the season, they can not seem to get their bats hot in key moments.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers had career years in 2018. But to begin the 2019 year, both of the big sluggers are waiting to awaken out of their slumps; especially Aguilar.

Still Believing in Jesus? Not Quite.

Aguilar had an outstanding year at the plate last season. His end of the year stats were .274/.352/.539/.890 with 35 home runs and 108 RBIs. The homers and the RBI were career highs for Aguilar. But to start the 2019 season, to say Aguilar is struggling would be an understatement.

As of right now, Aguilar is having a horrendous season. He has seven hits in 45 at bats with zero home runs and only five RBIs. And no, none of those are typos. As this article is being written, Aguilar is not in the starting lineup for the first game of round two against St. Louis in Milwaukee.

After hearing fans opinions, it might be time to give Eric Thames more playing at first base if Aguilar can not produce through out the rest of the season.

The Mayor Is Not In Right Now

Shaw also had a pretty great 2018:  .241/.345/.480/.825 with 32 home runs and 86 runs batted in. The 32 homers are also a career high for the “Mayor of Ding-Dong City”. But Shaw is also not having a good start to 2019, either.

Shaw is batting .191 with one homer, and only has five runs batted in. Shaw also can not seem to get his bat on the ball as he has struck out 17 times. At one point he became so frustrated that he took it out on the bat rack in the Los Angeles Angels’ away dugout.

But Milwaukee Brewers’ fans are not giving up hope on Shaw as they believe that he is still the best option at third base even though Mike Moustakas is a known third baseman who is playing second base at the moment. We could also see Hernan Perez get some time at third, as well. Fans would rather see Shaw where he was meant to play and no one else out there unless it’s needed.

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Aguilar needs to take some time to find himself. Could he need a trip down to Triple-A in San Antonio? More than likely not, and he no longer has a minor league option. As for Shaw, he is a veteran who knows how to handle slumps and come out of them and we could likely see him pick it up, soon.

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