Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff was firing on all cylinders, Chase Anderson was starting out his electrifying season at an amazing pace, Jimmy Nelson was turning into the pitcher the Brewers hoped he would be, and Matt Garza was continuing to make it through onto the starting staff for Milwaukee. At the deadline, the Brewers were in the hunt for a starting pitcher, they looked at Jose Quintana, but he was ultimately traded to the Cubs because of the asking price. The same goes for Sonny Gray, who ended up going to the Yankees. David Stearns was not willing to pull the trigger to give up some prized prospects to get a pitcher to help them coast into the postseason, will he pull the trigger this year?
David Stearns and Co. gotta steal picking up Jhoulys Chacin on a 2-year 16 million dollar contract and he has been lights out since a rough start to the year with a 4-1 record pitching to the tune of a 3.39 ERA. Junior Guerra has been the Brewers’ best pitcher so far this season pitching to the tune of a 2.83 ERA. Brent Suter has been good as well filling in for Jimmy Nelson and all the other Brewers pitchers who have gotten injured.
Meanwhile on the other side of things, Chase Anderson has had good and bad moments this season, he has had a couple of very short rough outings, his recent one against the Mets, he went 3.1 innings, and gave up 5 earned runs on 5 hits. His other bad start was against the St. Louis Cardinals back on April 3 where he went 4 innings and gave up 4 runs (all earned) on 8 hits. The only time he has gone past 6.1 innings was in a start against the Chicago Cubs on April 26, and he ended up losing that game 1-0 as he gave up 5 hits and only one run. In a start against the Pittsburgh Pirates he gave up 5 runs (all earned) but managed to get into the 6th inning. Home runs have been the biggest problem for Chase, he has served up 13 home runs already this season, which is one off from his total of his entire season last year of 14. Zach Davies has been up and down on the disabled list the entire season so far and when he is off the disabled list he hasn’t been very good, (2-5, 5.23 ERA). Another pitcher who the Brewers had high hopes for coming out of spring training was Wade Miley. He pitched lights out in spring training and had his roster spot locked until he injured himself in the last game of spring training along with Boone Logan and ultimately had to go on the 10-day DL. In his second start back from the DL on May 8th, Miley left the game with something wrong with his leg. He ended up having a strained oblique and went on the 10-day DL once again and was transferred to the 60-day DL a few weeks ago. Jimmy Nelson and Wade Miley are still not expected back until sometime after the all star break, so is it time for the Brewers to make a move?
Chris Archer, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays is an option the Brewers looked at this offseason and last year at the trade deadline as someone who is under contract for a few years and is also durable and would fit well into the rotation. Archer has struggled a bit to start the season but has picked it up over his last few starts. Archer is currently on the DL with an abdominal strain. The trade scenarios for Archer might have to include the Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura, who is tearing it up down in the minors and actually got a promotion to Double-A not too long ago. Only time will tell if the Brewers are willing to part with top prospects to grab a pitcher to help them lock up a spot in the postseason this October.