Why the Milwaukee Brewers’ Schedule May Change Attanasio’s Mind on Possible Trades

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August 16, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) celebrates with catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20)following the 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
August 16, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) celebrates with catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20)following the 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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In recent days, owner Mark Attanasio has reported there has been very little about the Milwaukee Brewers having any trade talks, but the upcoming schedule may soon change that.

While the Milwaukee Brewers upper management sees no point in talking about any trades, they may soon change their minds as their schedule up to the trade deadline on July 31st is rough to say the least. Recently on the west coast trip they’ve been lucky to face the Oakland A’s (and have two more starting tonight), they lost 5 out of 6 and play two more at home against the LA Dodgers at the end of the month.

No matter how good west coast teams are, it’s always going to be a rough trip, especially for a rebuilding team. Also, in the upcoming schedule, they face two teams no one would like to play in 9 games, the Chicago Cubs (6 games) and the Washington Nationals (3 games). 90-49 so far this season if you really want to put some math to how good they’ve been so far this year.

Overall, only 3 teams are below .500. Including division rivalries, the falling Pittsburgh Pirates (who’ve some even thought could trade Andrew McCutchen) and the one team below the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds. Also, the Arizona Diamondbacks who’ve been rebounding recently being 7-2 in their last 9 games, but still 6 games under .500 at 33-39.

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As of today, the Milwaukee Brewers sit 6 games out of the wild card race. While we’re getting close to half way through the season with 70 games played, just being in it is still pretty impressive. Before the year started, owner Mark Attanasio was excited as he thought 81 wins wasn’t out of reach.

Although, the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t had a season quite like the Philadelphia Phillies making fans think just for a month or two they might compete, a couple of tough teams soon came where it was rough to keep pace. After winning splitting the series in early July against the Milwaukee Brewers, they went 2-11 in a series including teams like the Cubs, Nationals, Blue Jays, and Diamondbacks. FanGraphs shows the offense didn’t help.

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While most can see how it’s pretty distracting to play when your name is constantly thrown around to another team (Braun to SF Giants for example), the reality will soon be determined by what the Milwaukee Brewers record is and what role owner Mark Attanasio wants to play as we’ve seen him step in before and “stretch” teams out a bit in signing players like SP Kyle Lohse for a 1st round pick in 2013.

GM David Stearns has even thrown out the idea of even signing C Jonathan Lucroy to an extension, but only time will tell and any schedule including the Nationals, Cubs, Cardinals, and Dodgers for 18 games may be a deciding factor. Maybe by the All-Star break when the Milwaukee Brewers face the St. Louis Cardinals at home and fans get Bob Uecker’s Talking Alarm Clock, we’ll all wake up to what’s really going on in the front office.

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