Second Half Sleepers - Milwaukee Brewers
Who are some shrewd pickups from the Milwaukee Brewers? The Brew Crew has surprisingly found its way to .500, and a low-budget team like this always has some underrated players.
Geoff Jenkins is not one of these underrated players, however. We like the way Geoff spells his name, and his July was incredible. Sweet first week of August, too. But he just can't be relied upon to keep it up. Remember, Jenkins hit .245 through June this year. He's on the wrong side of 30 and put up some batting average-killers in 2002 and 2004. You can do better.
Rickie Weeks has slipped under .260 on the year, so now's the time to try to find some fool who will give him up. Weeks is easily a top 5 second baseman for 2006, and that has some serious value. He's 9-for-9 in steals this year, and he's getting on base plenty. He'll still be better than Chase Utley in the long term. Plus, how many rookies do you know who already have their own online store?
Chris Capuano could make a nice innings-muncher at the back of your rotation. His strikeouts have waned a bit this year, but he'll still be good for 150. Don't count on him for an ERA much better than 4, and don't be dazzled by his 12 wins. This will be his first full season in the Majors, so be wary about his health. We think you can probably trade Capuano for a starter with a lot more upside. Try to snag John Lackey, a similar player on the surface.
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