Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)
Attend the premiere of movie about your life. ✅ Have a cool mosaic made of you. ✅ Get to be on the same team with your three basketball-playing brothers. ✅ In your first game with the Greek National team, in an exhibition against Spain, lead it to a win while posting 31 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal – in barely over 20 minutes. ✅ Giannis is living the life. (Just stay healthy, please.)
David Stearns, Brewers president of baseball operations (⬇️ DOWN)
Last week we noted how Stearns made a roll of the dice with his deal of Josh Hader (among other moves) at the trade deadline. Well, the first week came up craps. Entering Wednesday, the Brewers are 2-5 since the trades with a pair of walk-off losses. Taylor Rogers, one of the four players acquired for Hader, has only pitched twice (allowing one run in two innings) due to an injury while another, Dinelson Lamet, never suited up for Milwaukee as he was designated for assignment due in part to the addition of Matt Bush, who struggled in his first two appearances but did lock down a save Tuesday. There’s a lot of games left, but it was a rough week for Brewers fans, who also saw their team drop out of first place in the NL Central and are on the outside of the wild-card picture as well.
Jordan Love, Packers quarterback (⬆️ UP)
Everyone seems to be pumping up Green Bay’s backup QB this training camp. Has he really made progress? Well, with Aaron Rodgers sitting out at least the first two preseason games, Love will get a chance to show what he’s got (albeit likely against opponent backups). As we know, actions speak louder than words, so we’ll have to see which way that stock arrow is pointing after Friday’s game. But for now, at least, things are pointing up.
Corbin Burnes, Brewers starting pitcher (⬆️ UP)
Coming off the worst start of his season, Burnes went out and allowed two hits and one run over six innings while striking out nine. He remains the king of cool breezes.
Aaron Ashby, starting pitcher (⬇️ DOWN)
There were of hopes before the start of the season that Ashby would be the latest in hot-shot pitchers, giving Milwaukee a formidable starting rotation. After starting out in the bullpen with the occasional start, injuries to other put Ashby in the rotation … and he hasn’t been up to the task. After a great start against Colorado, in which he allowed two runs and struck out nine in seven innings, Ashby gave up five runs (all unearned) on five hits and three walks in five innings at Boston then four runs on three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings vs. Cincinnati. With Freddy Peralta back, Adrian Houser perhaps returning soon and strong a 1-2-3 punch of Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Eric Lauer, Ashby’s 2022 fate appears to rest as a reliever.
Keston Hiura, Brewers first baseman (⬆️ UP)
Hiura’s roller-coaster career with the Brewers is back on the upswing, for now. After raking in Triple-A, Hiura started Aug. 6 and 7 against Cincinnati, homering in each. He's getting another opportunity Wednesday with a left-hander starting for Tampa Bay. In 151 plate appearances with Milwaukee this season, Hiura is slashing a more-than-respectable .240/.351/.488, an OPS+ of 134 – best on the team.