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Antetokounbros (UP ⬆)

Media reports this week indicate that big brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo picked up his $1.9 million player option to remain with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2022-23 season. That’s great news on multiple fronts. Basketball-wise, Thanasis brings some toughness, low-post skill and familiarity with coach Mike Budenholzer’s scheme. But the decision goes beyond the game. It’s about family. And it’s a treat for Bucks fans. It means more GIF-worthy, on-court interactions; more smiles, and brotherly love highlights. The Antetokounbros are trending up for another reason this week, as well. The Disney+ movie “Rise,” a biographical sports drama based on the Nigerian-Greek brothers’ rise to NBA stardom, premieres Friday.

Willy Adames, Brewers shortstop (UP ⬆)

The charismatic, fun-loving Adames is riding his longest hitting streak of the season thus far (five games) and has homered in three of the last five contests. Adames has gone only 12-for-55 (.218) since he was activated June 8 post ankle/quadriceps issues, but he’s fared much better in the past 10 days, notching 11 hits, including seven for extra bases, in 39 at-bats – good for a .282 average. On the season, Adames is tied for the MLB lead among shortstops with 14 big flies. Two-time All-Star Corey Seager of the Rangers also has 14 home runs … in 15 more games and 64 more at-bats than the Brewers shortstop. Adames, for what it’s worth, ranks ahead of Seager in a handful of other categories, as well, including doubles, RBI, slugging percentage and OPS. Extending his hitting streak could help Adames’ case to be an All-Star.

Hoby Milner, Brewers reliever (UP ⬆)

The usual suspects out of Milwaukee’s bullpen – Josh Hader and Devin Williams – continue to dominate. Hader owns a 0.87 ERA and 0.63 WHIP over 20 2/3 innings. Williams hasn’t allowed a run since May 10 – he’s signed, sealed and delivered 16 straight scoreless frames. Milner is not a usual suspect, which makes his most recent 7 2/3 innings, all devoid of runs, all the more impressive. The 31-year-old Milner, a former seventh-round draft choice of the Phillies who boasts a career 4.06 ERA, has been lights out as of late. In his last seven appearances, Milner has surrendered five hits, three walks and recorded eight punchouts. He’s become somewhat of a middle-inning gem for the Brewers, whose hurting pitching depth (which we’ll address later) has demanded arms, like Milner, to stand up and sit opponents down. His performance has resulted in greater trust from skipper Craig Counsell, and greater opportunities.

Brewers pitching depth (DOWN ⬇)

Freddy Peralta was placed on the 15-day injured list May 23 with a posterior shoulder strain and was transferred to the 60-day June 14 to free up space on the 40-man roster. Brandon Woodruff landed on the 15-day IL with a high ankle sprain a week after Peralta succumbed to injury. On June 10, Woodruff confirmed he had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome, a circulatory condition causing numbness to his extremities. The Brewers starting rotation took another blow Monday when up-and-coming lefty Aaron Ashby joined Woodruff on the 15-day IL because of forearm inflammation that Counsell believes stemmed from fatigue. With three starters down, and Adrian Houser and Eric Lauer struggling recently, a formerly robust staff suddenly is a weakness for a team vying night after night to retain its place atop the NL Central. Newly signed starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, who allowed three runs over four innings in his Brewers debut Tuesday, is the latest sign that Milwaukee may be in play for a pitcher at the trade deadline.

Hunter Renfroe, Brewers right fielder (UP ⬆)

Renfroe had his season-long six-game hitting streak snapped in Tuesday’s loss to St. Louis, but that doesn’t diminish what the Brewers slugger accomplished in the last week. Dating to June 15, Renfroe is 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, three homers – in consecutive games June 17-19 – and seven RBI. He’s also earned six free passes and scored four times. With 53 games under his belt, Renfroe is slashing .247/.300/.490 and is second on the team with 13 home runs, and tied for third with 27 RBI.

Luis Urias, Brewers infielder (UP ⬆)

Wicho has had modest success at the plate in his last seven games, going 6-for-25 (.240) with three doubles and four RBI. Plays like this, however, have made him indispensable in the Brewers lineup.