When the Milwaukee Brewers parted ways with Travis Shaw in the middle of the 2019 campaign, the team had a void to fill at third base.
In 2020, five different players -- Jedd Gyorko, Brock Holt, Jace Peterson, Eric Sogard and Luis Urias -- appeared on the hot corner, and none took the position by storm.
So, in the offseason, Milwaukee brought back Shaw on a minor-league deal and he won his job back. Shaw has started 28 of Milwaukee’s first 32 contests of the 2021 season and has seen mixed results at the plate, logging a .214/.299/.388 slash line but a team-high five homers and 22 RBI.
After batting 2-for-17 (.167) while the Brewers were swept in Philadelphia earlier this week, Shaw will look to get back on track against Miami -- a team he’s mashed against throughout his seven-year MLB career.
In 25 career games (100 PA) against the Marlins, Shaw has collected 24 hits -- nine of them for extra bases, three doubles and six home runs -- and 19 walks, adding up to a .300/.430/.563 slash line. His .993 OPS against the Fish is the third-highest among active players, trailing only Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. (1.135) and Chicago’s Khris Bryant (1.086).
Shaw and the Brewers will be challenged this weekend by standout left-hander Trevor Rogers, who ranks sixth in baseball with a 1.91 ERA through seven starts.
Over the last 25 seasons, the 22-year-old is one of just six pitchers to post a sub-2.00 ERA with 40+ strikeouts through at least six starts before turning 23 years old. Atlanta’s Ian Anderson did it last season, but before Anderson, it hadn’t been accomplished since the late Jose Fernandez in 2014.
The good news is Milwaukee has been batting significantly better against lefties than righties this season. The Brewers have logged a .796 OPS in games pitched by a left-handed starter compared to .638 against righties.
Milwaukee, which has lost five straight games, will try to right the ship Friday night against the Marlins on Bally Sports Wisconsin. Tune in at 5:30 p.m. for “Brewers Live.”
Statistics courtesy Sportradar