The Milwaukee Brewers are 45-35 and currently sit in first place in the National League Central Division. Their lead, however, is a slim one-game cushion over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers, like many teams, have struggled with injuries. However, Milwaukee pitchers seem to have been bitten very hard by the injury bug.
Adrian Houser is the latest Brewers starter to head to the injured list. Brandon Woodruff has missed almost a month with a sprained ankle, Freddy Peralta is out until at least the end of August and Aaron Ashby has just returned from a stint in IL.
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And those are just the starting pitchers! Currently, the Brewers have relievers Miguel Sanchez (UCL discomfort) and Luis Perdomo (elbow effusion) on 10- and 15-day ILs. Jake Cousins (elbow) and Justin Topa (elbow) are both on the 60 Day IL. With the trade deadline approaching in less than a month, it might be time for Milwaukee to consider getting some extra arms, both for the rotation and the bullpen.
If the Brewers want to ‘go for it’, Noah Syndergaard could be a starting pitcher to target
It seems almost ironic that Noah Syndergaard is a trade target for a team looking to replace injured players. Due to his own injuries, Syndergaard hasn’t pitched a full season since 2019. Now on a one-year, $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, Syndergaard is 5-6 with an ERA. of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.18.
The Angels are currently six games under .500 and sit fourth in the American League West. At 14.5 games behind the Houston Astros, it’s very likely they’ll be sellers at the trade deadline (again). If, and it’s a BIG if, Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is willing to open his wallet and pick up the rest of Syndergaard’s salary, the Brewers could add Syndergaard to their depleted pitching roster. Milwaukee has an opportunity to make a deal, and the Angels (again) are looking to rebuild.
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Familiar foe Chad Kuhl could give the starting rotation a boost
The Milwaukee Brewers faced Chad Kuhl 11 times when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In those starts, Kuhl was 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Now, with the sad Colorado Rockies on a one-year, $3 million contract, Kuhl presents a more payroll-friendly option as the Brewers anticipate the trade deadline.
It’s not just his success against them that should make Kuhl an intriguing target for the Brewers. Kuhl has also had success against other National League teams with which Milwaukee is or will be competing for playoff position or in the playoffs themselves. Below is a list of those teams and Kuhl’s record against them:
- St. Louis Cardinals: 3-3, 3.03 ERA, 47 strikeouts
- Los Angeles Dodgers: 3-2, 3.41 ERA, 21 strikeouts
- Atlanta Braves: 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 15 strikeouts
Granted, Kuhl has struggled against the New York Mets and San Diego Padres during his career. He’s a combined 2-2 against them with a 5.59 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Despite those stats, Kuhl would be a valuable addition to the Brewers starting rotation. So far this season, he’s 5-5 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He recently threw a complete shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 27.
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Reed Garrett could give Brewers bullpen a boost
Reed Garrett is one of those players who didn’t follow the traditional path to success in Major League Baseball. After being drafted at the age of 19 by the Texas Rangers, he worked hard in their minor league system until 2018. In December of that year, the Detroit Tigers drafted Garrett in the draft of Rule 5 and added him to their Major League roster.
Garrett struggled mightily in his first Major League action. In 13 games with the Tigers, Garrett posted an 8.82 ERA and a 2.42 WHIP. Detroit returned him to Rangers who then released him after the season. With no Major League affiliation, Garrett decided to pitch in Japan for a few years. He made his return to the Majors this season with the Washington Nationals.
After starting this season at the minors, Garrett was called up to the big league club on June 14. In five games with the Nationals, he is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He would be a little risky given his limited experience, but at this point the Brewers need all the arms they can get for their bullpen.
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