"The Brewers are proof of that this season as Braun and Fielder have
flat-out carried the team. They have become the major leagues’ best run-producers in the 3-4 spots and their consistency is the biggest reason Milwaukee remains in playoff contention at midseason despite shaky starting pitching and slumping hitters elsewhere in the lineup.
“It’s been tremendous,” said third base coach Brad Fischer, who is in his first year with the Brewers. “It’s been fun to watch those two guys.”
Indeed, Braun and Fielder are the top 3-4 combination in the game this season. They’ve been better than Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, Joe Mauer and Jason Morneau in Minnesota, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in Philadelphia and Albert Pujols and anybody in St. Louis."
"Ask Detroit's Jim Leyland what he thinks of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau and catcher Joe Mauer, who wore out his pitching staff as his team lost two out of three here, and the Tigers manager says: "It's probably the best back-to-back tandem of anyone in baseball.
"I think Minnesota has two of the top 10 players in all of baseball, Mauer and Morneau. I think, if people said name me your top 10 players in all of baseball, I think Mauer and Morneau would be in the top 10. I think Mauer probably in the top five and Morneau in the top 10."