Here is my look at the Brewers 25-man Roster Power Rankings…it got really hard after 11 (that’s what she said)
***NOTE: The number in parenthesis is change from last week***
#1: OF Ryan Braun (-) – 7-hits, 2-homers, and 6-RBI this week keeps Braun on top of the list
#2: SP Zack Greinke (-) – Loved the ejection…though with a normally calm Greinke, is frustration setting in?
#3: 3B Aramis Ramirez (-) – 6-game hitting streak, first 5 of those games he had 2-hits in each one. Ramirez is offensively filling in for Prince just fine
#4:SP Yovani Gallardo (+1) – In his last 2-strats, Greinke has allowed 1-run in 12 2/3 innings…just 7-hits but 8-walks. Better but still too many walks
#5: OF Norichika Aoki (+1) – Milwaukee may have struck gold with Aoki; 15-game hitting streak heading into the All-Star Break
#6: SP Michael Fiers (-1) – Weird to drop a guy who goes 7 1/3 and allowed just 2-runs on 7-hits…thanks Aoki
#7: 1B Corey Hart (+1) – Had hits in his last 6-games including a homer and the game winning RBI in Sunday’s win
#8: SP Marco Estrada (+2) – Hard luck no-decision in Tuesday’s debacle when he left with 9-2 lead…nice Sunday after Greinke’s surprise start (3-innings, no-runs, no-hits, 1-walk)
#9: RP Francisco Rodriguez (-2) – 4-games this week, gave up one earned run…happened to be in Tuesday collapsed…best in the pen right now
#10: C Martin Maldonado (-1) –A slow and quiet week for Maldonado but his better than expected play (and above .200 average) keeps him in the top-10
#11: 2B Rickie Weeks (+2) – Weeks has hit .297 over his last 10-games. He had 9-hits this weeks with a couple of 3-hits game, .199 heading into the break, if he was .200 he would be #10
#12: RP Kameron Loe (-1) – His bad is terrible and really erases how solid he has been…7 of his last 8 appearances have been scoreless, the one he gave up 4-runs (Tuesday)
#13: CL John Axford (+2) – Was one strike away from a perfect 3 for 3 week on saves…how does he move up? You try to figure out 13 through 20!!!
#14: OF Carlos Gomez (+2) – Quiet week for Gomez and the rest of the “middle card” talent on the Brewers
#15: RP Manny Parra (+2) – 1-run in 5-innings this week…ERA is down to a (2012 Brewers) “respectable” 4.38
#16: SP Randy Wolf (-) – Wolf’s Wednesday demolished by his 4-run 7th inning…just 2-decisions in his 9-starts, both bad starts but the other 7…should have some wins
#17: RP Jose Veras (-3) – One word to describe his last couple of weeks…YUCKY!
#18: IF Cody Ransom (-) - Hitting over .300 over his last 10. When called on, he has been there
#19: IF Cesar Izturis (+2) – has had a hit in each of his last 5-starts…probably playing at his offensively ceiling and what you expected defensively
#20: OF Nyjer Morgan (-1) – 2-for-13 this week…at least he didn’t push any fans; just has no impact (or need) on this team
#21: C George Kottaras (-1) – He went from a key contributor in April to a guy that if/when Randy Wolf goes, he could too
#22: IF/OF Travis Ishikawa (-) - ya, not much to say
#23: RP Tim Dillard (+1) – Only pitched 1/3 of an inning this week…but it was scoreless
#24: RP Livan Hernandez (-) – only reason he moved up is because the guy below him got sent to Triple-A
#25: IF Taylor Green (-2) – He got sent down to Triple-A to get some consistent at-bats
Dropped from the Rankings: NONE
Justin Hull is the host of the “Home Stretch” heard 2p-5p on 95.3 FM, WSCO Radio in Green Bay/Appleton Wisconsin. Follow him on twitter (@jh1570) or facebook.