Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer

Brewers-Padres trade in 2019 (⬆️ UP)

Following the 2019 season, the Brewers traded outfielder Trent Grisham to San Diego in exchange for infielder Luis Urias and left-hander Eric Lauer. The early returns on the move heavily favorited the Padres, as “Grish” batted .251/.352/.456 in 59 games while Lauer allowed 16 runs in 11 innings and Urias struggled to a .602 OPS last season. In 2021, though, the scales tilted towards Milwaukee. Urias socked 22 homers and was better than Grisham in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage this season. And Lauer has been fantastic for most of the season. Since June 27, the left-hander has tallied a 6-2 record, 1.78 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings (14 games). He’ll have some sort of role in the postseason, no doubt.

Graham Mertz, Badgers quarterback (⬇️ DOWN)

Wisconsin needed Mertz to make a few plays Saturday against Notre Dame. He did not. Instead, Mertz completed just 18 of 41 pass attempts (43.9%) and threw four interceptions. Ever since his five-touchdown performance against Illinois to start the 2020 campaign, Mertz has completed 56.9% of his pass attempts, averages 172.9 yards per game through the air and has thrown five touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mason Crosby, Packers kicker (⬆️ UP)

Crosby is Mr. Clutch. After Rodgers targeted Adams twice to move the ball into field-goal range with three seconds left, Crosby booted a 51-yard field-goal attempt through the uprights for a 30-28 victory over San Francisco. It kept his streak of 22 consecutive made field-goal attempts alive, one short of the Packers all-time record of 23, set by Crosby in 2010-11.

Davante Adams, Packers receiver (⬆️ UP)

Adams is in a contract year. His quarterback Aaron Rodgers is making sure he’ll get paid in the offseason. Rodgers has thrown 88 passes this season, and 34 have been aimed at Adams -- an astounding 38.6% target share. Adams leads the NFL in targets and receptions (25) and ranks fourth with 309 receiving yards. Surprisingly, he’s only scored once. Look for that to change this upcoming week against Pittsburgh.

Ryan Braun, former Brewers outfielder (⬆️ UP)

The fantastic career of “Brauny” was celebrated Sunday after the six-time All-Star decided to hang up the cleats this summer. To honor No. 8, the Brewers scored eight runs on eight hits in an 8-4 victory over the New York Mets to clinch the division. Now that’s how to honor the career of a Brewers legend.

Freddy Peralta, Brewers pitcher (⬇️ DOWN)

Peralta is still a lock to be a playoff starter for Milwaukee, but his last two outings haven’t been great. Peralta allowed three runs in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Sept. 20 and surrendered four runs on five hits to the Mets on Sunday. Peralta has served up four dingers in his last five outings.

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