(Chicago, IL) — Manager Craig Counsell has said it won’t mean much until at least August, but the rebuilding Brewers continue a surprisingly hot start. They remain in second place in the National League Central at 8-6, one half game behind front running Cincinnati. The Crew is two above .500 for the first time since ending the 2014 season at 82-80 for former manager Ron Roenicke — and Milwaukee is tied for the second largest number of wins in the Majors with eight, six of those coming in the last week against Toronto, the Reds, and the Cubs. Counsell is also trying to put more of the spotlight on Ryan Braun, who has five homers already — and Braun says he’s seeing better pitches with the hot hitting Eric Thames just ahead of him in the batting order. The 30-year-old Thames has an O-P-S of 1.479, and Braun says he’s never seen anyone in baseball hit better through a two week period.