The Brewers are currently in their worst stretch of the season. It feels like they haven’t won consecutive games in ages. Despite all that, they sit just 2.5 games behind for the Cubs for the division lead, and just a half game out of a wildcard spot. This team has plenty of issues, but some of them can be fixed at the trade deadline. The Brewers starting rotation has left a lot of room for improvement so far this year. They can’t get consistent quality starts and seem to never go past five or six innings, which is taxing the bullpen. There will be several good starting pitchers available at the deadline.
- Madison Bumgarner: The Giants ace’s name has been linked to the Brewers for a few weeks now. No, this isn’t the Mad Bum of old, but he is still a quality pitcher that would be a huge upgrade for the Brewers. This season Bumgarner has a 3.86 era with 121 strikeouts in just 116 innings. The Giants are playing much better as of late and are just four games out of a wild card spot, so there is a chance Mad Bum stays put in San Francisco.
- Noah Syndergaard: Another trade deadline has come and we are thinking the same thing. Will the Mets deal any of their starting pitching? The Mets ace has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the year and isn’t putting up the numbers we are accustomed to seeing. With that being said, Thor would obviously become the Brewers best starting pitcher and would come at a steep price. He’s under club control through the 2021 season. It’s never easy to part with good prospects, but when you can get an ace under team control for a few years, it’s an easier pill to swallow.
- Zack Wheeler: I feel like we have heard the Brewers linked to Wheeler the last two or three trade deadlines. Teams might be a little leery for trading for Wheeler; he was just put on IL on 6/15 with shoulder fatigue. This is probably the worst possible time for this to happen. The Mets think he will only miss a start or two, but this is going to hurt his trade value. Wheeler is an unrestricted free agent after this season.
- Marcus Stroman: Stroman would be a great fit for the Brewers for a number of reasons. One, he’s under club control through next year, so it wouldn’t be just a couple month rental. Two, he’s third in the MLB in ground ball rate. According to MLB.com, Stroman has a 57.9% ground ball rate. Pitching in Miller Park while baseballs are flying out at an historic rate, a sinker baller would be perfect.
The Brewers are getting close to a breaking point in their season. They have shown flashes of playing really good baseball, and are currently showing they can be really bad as well. If they are serious about another playoff run, they need to make some moves at the end of the month. Acquiring a quality-starting pitcher could be the shot in the arm they need to get back on track.