Player of the Week
This was another tough week to pick the player of the week. Jonathan Villar became the 4th Brewer shortstop to hit home runs in 3 straight games on top of stealing 3 bases and scoring 5 runs. Villar also played stellar defense at shortstop, making a number of tough plays.
However, Lucroy hit .500 on the week with a home run, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a stolen base of his own. He also threw out 2 base stealers to bring his total up to a Major League high of 24. The next best is Tucker Barnhart of the Reds with 16.
Lucroy has bumped his average up to .316 and has now hit 9 home runs on the season, all of them since the end of April.His .911 OPS trails only that of Ryan Braun on the team. Lucroy had a slow start, but he is back to his All-Star form.
Lucroy’s stellar defense has helped pitchers keep the ball down, because they know that he will block a pitch in the dirt. He has also combined with Martin Maldonado to give the Brewers the best caught stealing percentage in the National League at 47% and the most base stealers thrown out in the Majors at .
Pitcher of the Month
Davies had the best start of his career on Wednesday when the Brewers really needed it. The Brewers came into the game having lost the first two of the series. They needed a strong start from Davies and that’s what they got.
Davies went 8 strong innings, giving up just 3 hits and he did not walk a batter while striking out 9. After retiring the last 14 Cardinals that he faced, he handed a 3-0 lead over to the bullpen. Davies was up to a career high 105 pitches.
The Brewers won the game, thus avoiding the sweep on the back of Davies’ 3rd quality start of the season. After giving up 4 or more earned runs in each of his first 3 starts, he has given up 2 or fewer in 5 of his last 6. His ERA is down to 4.53 thanks to his stellar 8-inning start this week.