— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 17, 2018
The ASG has come and gone as the AL beat the NL last night 8-6 in 10 innings. It was indeed the tale of two games, through 6 1/2 innings there was a total of three runs scored. The last 3 1/2 innings saw 11 runs cross the plate. Including some big home runs from Jean Segura, Scooter Gennett, Christian Yelich, Alex Bregman, George Springer and Joey Votto.
All five of the Brewers saw action last night as Jeremy Jeffress was first out of the bullpen in the 6th inning. Jeffress was solid, giving up one walk but holding the AL scoreless in his frame.
Christian Yelich was the only Brewers hitter to have a hit in the ASG. Yelich hit a big home run in the bottom of the 8th off of Charlie Morton to make it a 5-3 game. The NL would go on to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th with Scooter Gennett’s three-run home run.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 18, 2018
Last night was a different story for Josh Hader both on and off the field. On the field, Hader was roughed up in his 1/3 of an inning giving up 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned) including a go-ahead three-run home run to former Brewer Jean Segura. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of it, after the three-run home run Twitter blew up. There was a handful of Josh Hader’s old racist tweets that came to light. All from when Hader was 17-18 years old.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 18, 2018
Second Half Adds
The next two weeks are going to be interesting for the Brewers. With all the reports out that Machado is going to the Dodgers. The Brewers will need to pivot to their plan B. Their most significant weakness is in the middle of the infield. Production at 2nd and SS has been putrid so far this season. It is appearing that Whit Merrifield, Brian Dozier, and Eduardo Escobar are definitely possibilities for the Brewers.
Merrifield is my personal preference, he is 29 with 4 1/2 years of control left. He can play infield and outfield adding some stability for the Brewers at 2nd base. Hitting .307 this season with a .378 OBP .424 SLG and .812 OPS. He has 17 stolen bases and would be a good 5, 6, or 7 hitter.
Dozier would be my next favorite option and would be a great 5 hitter for the Brewers. Dozier is a career .250 hitter but has some serious pop with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs. He would be a strong addition to help us drive in runners in scoring position. Dozier isn’t, running much this season his 162 game average is 29 home runs 16 stolen bases. Dozier who turns 32 next may, will be a free agent after this season.
Escobar is interesting, I am not sure what to think of him. He also has a career .250 batting average. But is having a career year this season. He is batting .271 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. Escobar is on pace to destroy his 162 game average of 14 home runs and 64 RBIs. Escobar who is 29 this year will also be a free agent next season.
Now on to the pitching, while the SP hasn’t been the Brewers weakness. They still need to add one to catch and hold off the Cubs. Everyone including myself wants deGrom or Syndergaard. I personally prefer deGrom for his overall stuff and his injury history over Syndergaard.
deGrom is 30 years old this season, signed through 2021 and is a bonafide ace. deGrom is 5-4 this season playing for the garbage Mets. With 1.68 ERA and 0.973 WHIP. Including 149 strikeouts over 123.1 innings.
Syndergaard is 25 years old this season and signed through 2022. Syndergaard can be an ace just like deGrom but has struggled to stay healthy during his time with the Mets. This season he is 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.220 WHIP. Striking out 79 batters in 69.2 innings.
Both adds are going to be costly, but well worth the 2 1/2 years of control for deGrom and the 3 1/2 years of control for Syndergaard.
While I prefer those two, there are plenty of other options out there. Chris Archer will be an interesting name at the deadline. Danny Duffy, JA Happ, and Cole Hamels will also have a lot of interest.
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