The expectations for the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers were not high coming into the season, but now in late July, the Brewers sit alone atop the NL Central.
Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw joined The Jim Rome Show Friday and talked about when he first realized this team was a lot better than most people thought.
“I saw it in May a little bit,” Shaw said on CBS Sports Radio about the team’s potential . “We were able to kind of rebound from little bit of tough stretches early on, we’d lose 2 or 3 straight and we were able to right the ship pretty quickly.”
“And then there was a series against the Dodgers, I think I don’t know if it was in May or June, but we actually had all 3 of those games won. We only ended up winning one of those, but we let two get away from us late in the game, and I think that’s when everyone in the clubhouse kind of started believing that hey the Dodgers obviously they’re the class of the NL now, this year and we hung with them and we actually had that series won all three games, and I think that showed everybody we could play with anybody.”
After struggling in Boston last season, Shaw was excited for a new opportunity in Milwaukee after they traded for him in December. The 27-year-old appreciated Brewers manager Craig Counsell’s belief in him, saying it was huge for his confidence.
“I mean after what I went through the last two months of the season trying to learn how to be a platoon player, I’ve never been that. Obviously that didn’t work out for me. I got all out of whack,” Shaw said. “Then to here, a new organization and them have faith in you and them want you to be their guy, it meant a lot going into the season and instilled some confidence.”
Shaw believes being in the lineup consistently has been very important for his development.
“Opportunity is all you ever want in baseball and for me, last year was our first full season in the big leagues. So obviously everybody goes through their learning curve and slumps in their first full season, and I went through it the second half of last season,” Shaw said. “I think what I went through last year was going to help me in my career moving forward, and I made some adjustments this off-season and everything is kind of paying off right now.”