With Eric Thames on the bench Thursday, Jesus Aguilar filled in admirably by collecting three hits, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. The Brewers possess a deep lineup which allows them to rotate frequently. That should bode well for them as the season progresses.
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The Brewers had lost four of their last five games entering Thursday night’s win, but they proved their ability to heat up in a hurry at the Reds’ expense.
Pitching could become a problem for the Brewers as their playoff push becomes more real after the All-Star break. Nelson and Chase Anderson, who is injured, are their only regular starters with sub-4.00 ERAs, and the bullpen lacks depth.
Still, the Brewers boast an impressive lineup, one that can stay in the hunt in this year’s mediocre NL Central. If they make a big splash before the July 31 trade deadline, they could even be postseason threats.
Why him? Davis’ credentials as a legit slugger are, well, legit — he has 88 homers since 2015; only four MLB sluggers have more — and it would be kind of awesome to see the 5-10, 195-pound Davis squaring off against the 6-7, 283-pound Judge. This needs to happen.
Why him? Because you can’t strike out in a home-run derby. Really, though, we all love to watch moon-shot home runs, and Gallo is a master of the moon shot. This season, only four home runs have been hit with an apex of at least 160 feet, and Gallo has two of those four. You don’t have to be selected to the All-Star Game to be in the Home Run Derby, and with a batting average under .200 most of the season (it’s .195 right now), Gallo won’t be picked even though he’s hit 20 home runs. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t belong in the derby.
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Why him? Stanton, who won the 2016 event with 61 total home runs, just had to be a part of this event. He’s the face of Miami’s franchise, and it wouldn’t have been right to have a Home Run Derby in Marlins Park without him. Glad that was taken care of quickly.