Travis Shaw is in The Best Shape of His Life

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When you work a beat long enough, sometimes the stories come to you. For that reason I guess it’s kinda lame that I’ve made my beat ballplayers claiming to be in The Best Shape of Their Lives and not something like national security, but we all make choices in life.

Anyway, the Brewers’ best beat writer tipped me to this yesterday:

Thatcould be pretty scary for opposing pitchers given that the Mayor of Ding Dong City put up his best season to date in 2017, hitting .273/.349/.513 with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his first season in Milwaukee. Usually a BSOHL claim follows a down year and is aimed at making people think things will improve. It’s pretty bold to proclaim such a status when you’re already excelling. Maybe he’s just excited. Given last week’s transactions he’s now going to have two other fine hitters — Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yellich — hitting alongside him. According to McCalvy, that has made every Brewers player feel good lately.

Given their talent level the Brewers were gonna be fun this year as it was, but they’ll be even more fun simply by virtue of being one of the only teams that has actually tried to improve itself this offseason. Where can I buy a Milwaukee cap? Gotta root for something in this world, so why not root for trying? And Shaw’s an Ohio kid, so that makes it even better.


Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.