Milwaukee Brewers

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Josh Hader took the loss on Friday in the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. He pitched one inning, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: Hader gave up a crucial three-run home run to Kike Hernandez, and took his first loss of 2019 because of it. He's still the best reliever in this bullpen, but with Jeremy Jeffress back from injury Hader will likely receive fewer save chances going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Eric Thames went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The home run was Thames' third, and that gives him three more than the scuffling Jesus Aguilar. Thames hasn't been that good in his opportunities this season, he has a .289 OBP and 17:1 K:BB ratio in 38 PA, but he has been better than Aguilar. He could begin to steal playing time against right-handed starters, which would give Thames deep league value.

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Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs on five hits over five innings in the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. He walked three and struck out five in the no decision.

Fantasy Impact: This start was certainly better than Chacin's last, but it's still not very helpful to allow eight baserunners and pitch just five innings. Chacin can be streamed in the right matchup, but unfortunately his next start comes Wednesday at St. Louis.

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Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The home run was Yelich's 11th, which pushes him past Cody Bellinger for the major league lead. There isn't much more to say about Yelich at this point other than keep him in your lineup and cherish his production.

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Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes was sent down to Triple-A San Antonio on Friday, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Twitter. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Burnes is a darling of the spin rate revolution and was excellent while pitching in relief for the Brewers last season, but he struggled out of the gate as a starter this year and has a 10.70 ERA and 2.15 WHIP through his firs four starts. He does have 24 strikeouts over his first 17 2/3 innings, however, so the Brewers hope that a trip back down to the minor leagues will help him work through whatever his current issues are.

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Travis Shaw went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Brewers' 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Shaw has been doing a little better lately, with back-to-back multi-hit games, but laid an egg today. He now has a paltry .203 AVG and .078 ISO on the year.

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Zach Davies pitched five scoreless innings and took a no decision in the Brewers' 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. He allowed three hits, three walks, and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Davies was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth, and manager Craig Counsell may regret that decision seeing as Matt Albers turned around and gave up three runs the next half-inning. Davies has been excellent through four starts, owning a 1.19 ERA through 22.2 innings. His 4.25 FIP could be a sign of things to come, but he's still a decent streamer in the right situation. Next time out might not be the best time to use Davies, as he faces St. Louis on the road.

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Jesus Aguilar went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts in the Brewers' 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The woes at the plate continue for Aguilar, though he raised his average to .155 after knocking a single in this one. His .205 BABIP points to bad luck, especially with his reduced 21.7% strikeout rate and increased 25.6% line drive rate. There is reason to sweat about Aguilar, but there are also a few glimmers of hope, even if they are tiny.

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Mike Moustakas will not start for the Brewers in their match up against the Dodgers on Thursday. He should be available from the bench.

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas' health was not called into question and he could be back on the field as soon as Friday. Hernan Perez will get the nod at second base. Perez is slashing .250/.308/.583 in 12 at-bats over the last seven games.

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Brewers' 8-4 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Grandal is now hitting .404 on the year with five home runs and a .327 ISO. You can't expect much more out of a catcher, and even though his numbers will come down, Grandal is one of the best fantasy options at his position.

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Lorenzo Cain is getting the day off and is out of the Brewers' lineup on Wednesday. Ben Gamel will man center field and bat leadoff.

Fantasy Impact: Obviously nothing to be concerned about here for Cain, who homered last night and is batting .306 on the season. He'll be back in the lineup tomorrow against the Dodgers.

Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings in the Brewers' 8-4 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out six while improving to 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: This was Woodruff's best start of the season thus far, even if he couldn't get that last out for the quality start. Woodruff has been inching in the right direction through his first four starts, and should be rostered in most leagues for his upside. His next start comes Saturday at the Mets.

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The Brewers reinstated Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffress did not have a good rehab assignment, allowing a run in each of his four appearances. But he has a clear path to the closer's role if he can show that he is healthy. If he pitches well at first, expect him to be closing soon. If not, the Brewers may turn their attention to Craig Kimbrel, per reports.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

The Brewers placed Freddy Peralta on the 10-day IL on Tuesday with a right shoulder injury. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peralta pitched against the Cardinals Monday and allowed three runs over 3 1/3 innings. The Brewers did not mention a possible injury before placing Peralta on the injured list, but this certainly could be behind his recent struggles. The Brewers should provide a timetable soon.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Ryan Braun will receive a day off on Monday. The veteran will likely be available for pinch hit duties as well.

Fantasy Impact: Braun should be back in action on Tuesday against the Cardinals. With Braun sitting, Ben Gamel gets the nod. In 27 at-bats Gamel has a .259 average and .725 OPS. Gamel will be batting seventh on Monday.

Orlando Arcia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Brewers' 4-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Arcia has flashed a suprising amount of power to start the season. His .222 ISO is more than triple his ISO from a year ago. Don't expect it to last, as Arcia is riding a 33.3% HR/FB ratio and has just a 3.3-degree average launch angle this year.

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Junior Guerra pitched two perfect innings for the save in the Brewers' 4-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was all zeroes for Guerra: zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts. Josh Hader would've presumably been called upon had he been needed, but Guerra had the game under control and the Dodgers never mounted a legitimate threat. Don't expect many more saves out of Guerra this year.

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Jimmy Nelson looked good in an extended spring training game on Tuesday, according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell. Counsell said that Nelson will likely pitch in one more extended spring training game before heading out on a Triple-A assignment. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nelson missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery and experienced elbow soreness this spring, but it sounds like he is getting closer to finally returning to the Brewers' rotation. Nelson had a breakout year in 2017, and is an interesting stash candidate for those with an open IL spot.

Category: Injury Updates

Ben Gamel went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Gamel got his fourth start of the season and delivered his first multi-hit game of 2019. The 26-year-old is Milwaukee's fourth outfielder and doesn't have much fantasy value due to lack of playing time.

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Chase Anderson allowed one run on one hit over three innings in the Brewers' 13-10 win over the Cubs on Friday. He struck out five and walked zero while improving to 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson's lone blemish was a solo home run to Willson Contreras, but compared to the rest of Milwaukee's pitching staff he pitched great in this game. Anderson will likely serve as a long man for Craig Counsell, and won't have much, if any, fantasy value in that role.

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