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Matt Garza's four-year, $50 million deal has brought the Brewers 15-25 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Yuck. The deal runs through 2017, too.
Jonathan Villar has 31 stolen bases already. Only three times in franchise history has a player stolen more than 45 in a season (Tommy Harper, 73, 1969; Scott Podsednik, 70, 2004; Pat Listach, 54, 1992).
Since returning from a knee injury -- that he suffered while taking off his shoe -- Will Smith has a 1.84 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and is looking like a possible under-the-radar gem on the trade market.
At 6 1/2 out of the second NL wild card, they are moving closer to non-contender, which means GM David Stearns is surely getting calls from contenders. Let the speculative trade talk begin (OK, "continue" is more accurate than begin).
From May 4 through June 17, Zach Davies made nine starts. The Brewers won six of them. Davies individually was 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA while holding opponents to a .186 average. The 23-year-old rookie came over from the Orioles in the Gerardo Parra trade on last year's trade deadline day. It's not exactly Jake Arrieta, but this one has to sting already for the O's while the Brewers got a great return for two months of a player they weren't going to retain.
Since an 8-15 April, the Brewers are 22-20. So they're actually not a bad team. Circle back to the Pirates comment and the Brewers are the next team on the schedule for Pittsburgh after the Nationals. Ouch.
A fun side storyline on rebuilding teams is when they are playing too well to justify trading off veterans to their fan base. There's a "danger" of that happening here because as things stand, this isn't a bad team.
Thanks to 13 doubles and 13 homers, add Chris Carter to the list of trade candidates (with Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun at the top). David Stearns is going to have a busy trade season.
Seven of Jimmy Nelson's 10 starts have been quality starts while his ERA is down to 2.92. Very encouraging season so far.
They are 9-7 this month and a few recent losses could have gone either way. Not terrible by any stretch.
2017 Team Leaders
AVGDomingo Santana , RF.278
HREric Thames , 1B31
RBITravis Shaw , 3B101
OBPDomingo Santana , RF.371
SLGEric Thames , 1B.518
RDomingo Santana , RF88
SBJonathan Villar , 2B23
WZach Davies , SP17
ERAJimmy Nelson , SP3.49
WHIPJimmy Nelson , SP1.25
KJimmy Nelson , SP199
SVCorey Knebel , RP39

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