The Red Sox decided Travis Shaw was expendable last offseason with Pablo Sandoval in tow and Rafael Devers on the way, and their decision to part with him via trade gave the Brewers both their everyday third baseman and cleanup hitter. Questions about Shaw's ability to hit left-handed pitching also factored into his departure, but the .776 OPS he posted against southpaws last year was plenty acceptable. His .892 OPS against right-handers speaks for itself, as do his 31 home runs and 101 RBI, which both ranked top-10 in the National League. As long as Shaw can continue finding success against southpaws he will find himself in almost exactly the same role he was in last year. That should lead to another strong season in the power categories, and thanks to manager Craig Counsell's tendency to run, he should again chip in in the stolen-base department as well.
Shaw is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Shaw appeared in 144 contests for the Brewers in 2017 but will not be in the lineup for the final game of the season. He'll conclude the year with a solid .273 average and 119 wRC+ over 606 plate appearances. Hernan Perez draws the start at third base Sunday.
Shaw went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run walk-off home run in Saturday's victory over the Cubs. The Brewers were on the verge of losing their third extra-inning game in a row versus the Cubs, but Shaw's big fly turned a one-run deficit into a one-run victory. Shaw now has 31 home runs and 99 RBI on the season, and he will have seven more games this season to add to both numbers.
Shaw went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Marlins. Shaw backed up his two-run shot Saturday with another three hits and RBI on Sunday, drawing him within five RBI of triple digits for the season. He's struggled during September, batting just .212/.317/.423 through Sunday's action. The 27-year-old third baseman has gotten back on track with a three-game hitting streak during the Marlins series and will look to extend it to four Monday in the series opener versus the Pirates.
Shaw went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run during Sunday's win over the Cubs. After a lull at the dish, Shaw has put together a productive mini stretch with two homers, seven RBI, five runs and a 1.029 OPS through his past seven games. The third baseman has turned in an impressive fantasy campaign, achieving career-best counting stats across the board.
Shaw went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Reds. That puts an end to a 12-game homer drought that also saw Shaw put up a .146 average, so it's a welcome turnaround for the third baseman and his fantasy owners. The late-season drought has come at a bad time for virtual clubs that have gotten to the fantasy playoffs with the backing of Shaw's contributions, but perhaps this homer means he's getting back on track.