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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes was announced as the winner of the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He received 12 first-place votes, the same as Zack Wheeler, who finished second. However, Burnes got five more second-place votes than Wheeler, which helped the Milwaukee starter finish with more overall points in the voting. Burnes pitched to a 2.43 ERA and a 1.63 FIP in 167 innings. The 27-year-old also registered 234 strikeouts to go along with 34 walks. What's more, Burnes led all qualified starters in the National League in ERA and FIP. He ranked third, behind Scherzer and Wheeler, in strikeouts.
The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired infielder Mike Brosseau in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for pitching prospect Evan Reifert. The 27-year-old Brosseau is a career .245 hitter in the Majors, with a lifetime .311 on-base percentage, 16 home runs, and five stolen bases in 409 plate appearances. He appeared in 57 games for the Rays last season, hitting .187 with a .266 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a pair of stolen bases. Capable of playing second base, third base, and first base, Brosseau will give the Brewers some additional depth around the infield.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will pick up his $9.5 million player option for the 2022 season. Bradley and the Brewers have a $12 million mutual option for the 2023 season with an $8 million buyout. He is a Gold Glove finalist, but Bradley endured a terrible year at the plate, slashing .163/.236/.261 with six home runs in 428 plate appearances for the Brew Crew. JBJ also had career-worsts in walk rate (6.5%) and strikeout rate (30.8%). It's hard to imagine Bradley getting any worse at the plate next season, but it's hard to imagine him being very attractive in any fantasy format heading into next season.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer will be the team's starter for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The Brewers are down 2-1 in the series and facing elimination in Tuesday's road game. Lauer had a strong season for the team, making 24 appearances (20 starts) and going 7-5 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has yet to pitch this postseason and he struggled in his last outing of the regular season. Facing the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 1, he pitched five innings and allowed six hits, two walks and five earned runs while striking out three. He will likely be on a short leash on Tuesday. Corbin Burnes lines up to start Game 5 if necessary. There has been no suggestion that Burnes could be used out of the bullpen in Game 4 despite the game being a must-win for the Brew Crew.
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez isn't in the team's lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The first baseman hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning during Friday's series-opening win, but he'll head to the bench on Saturday with left-hander Max Fried taking the mound for Atlanta. Instead, it'll be Eduardo Escobar moving over to first base with Luis Urias entering the lineup at third base. Escobar is batting third against Fried. During the regular season, the veteran hit .295 with a .340 on-base percentage and nine home runs in 159 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.