Brewers vs Nationals: Another series, another loss
And the beat goes on. The Washington Nationals came their series against the Milwaukee Brewers sitting atop the National League East. With one of the best records in all of baseball, the Nationals seemed poised to sweep the downtrodden Brewers and solidify Milwaukee as trade deadline sellers. Although the Nationals couldn’t pull off the sweep, they did take three of the four games. For their part, the Brewers clearly identified themselves as sellers with the trade of Zack Greinke to Los Angeles Angels.
Greinke was all but gone when his contract expired at the end of the season. It’s very apparent that the team does not have the makeup to contend in the Central Division, so trading Greinke was the only logical option. The contract extension recently signed by Cole Hamels and to a lesser extent the one signed by Matt Cain in April have set the market for quality starting pitchers. Much like the situation with CC Sabathia a few years ago, the Brewers cannot afford to allocate the amount of money necessary to sign Greinke to the contract that he will be seeking. Now that the Brewers have officially waved the white flag on the 2012 season, they must continue to make deals that will rebuild the team for next season.
The speculation is that there isn’t any player not named Ryan Braun who is untouchable. That may be true, but most players on the current roster won’t garner the type of players in return that Brewers desire. One player who may be attractive to other teams is Corey Hart. Hart has one year remaining on his contract and is having a solid season at first base. His current trade value might be as high as it ever will be. Hart might be intriguing to a team looking to add an average defensive first baseman with above average power at the plate.
As for the games themselves, other than a dazzling performance by Friday starter Mike Fiers, it was simply more of the same for the Brewers. The offense went on sabbatical for Thursday and Saturday nights and the bullpen coughed up another game in the series finale on Sunday. The Brewer battled back several times, only to see Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford and Jose Veras blow the leads and eventually lose the game. The bullpen leads the league in both blown saves and loses and has now cost bullpen coach Stan Kyles his job. Although a coach is ultimately responsible for his team’s performance, the players in the bullpen have repeatedly shown that they no longer belong in Major League Baseball.
By: Scott Kasten
> View all of the MLB baseball news articles from MLB Center!