Brewers Power Rankings Roundup: Week 3
Below is a graph of where the Brewers have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Brewers this week:
Brewers ranked 22nd - "Eric Thames has been the biggest surprise in baseball this season, pacing one of the best offenses in the league. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us he's the first player in Brewers history with five home runs in his first 10 games with the team. He added another homer in his 11th game -- and fourth straight -- for good measure. The Brewers also have gotten good performances from several of their young bullpen arms. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information"
Brewers ranked 22nd - "Eric Thames looking like the real deal: Six home runs already."
Brewers ranked 21st - "Should we expect them to stay ahead of the Rangers and Cardinals and Blue Jays? Probably not, unless they sign Gorman Thomas and Cecil Cooper in their primes."
Brewers ranked 17th - "Are the Milwaukee Brewers really a better team than the Rangers, Blue Jays or Cardinals?
Probably not, but here in the early going, they've proved they deserve a spot ahead of those clubs.
After sweeping a quick two-game set with the floundering Blue Jays, the Brew Crew took three of four from a Reds team that was playing as well as anyone to start the year.
Eric Thames (1.376 OPS, 6 HR) has been one of April's biggest stars, and Ryan Braun (.941 OPS, 4 HR) is picking up right where he left off last season. Those two lead an offense that is averaging a solid 4.54 runs per game.
Meanwhile, the starting rotation is getting strong early work from Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta, while new closer Neftali Feliz has converted all four of his save chances.
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals await, so the Brewers will immediately need to justify their shiny new ranking or else risk slipping back into the bottom third."
Brewers ranked 26th - "One Nice Thing: Eric Thames, signed after a Ruthian run in Korea, has six homers and a .368/.455/.921 slash line through 11 games. This is the best-case scenario for Milwaukee.
One Not-So-Nice Thing: It shouldn't come as a surprise, but right as the Brewers start getting momentum, the Ryan Braun-to-the-Dodgers (as if LA doesn't have enough outfielders) rumors started again."