The Milwaukee Brewers have passed the mathematical halfway point of the season. They currently are in a tight race with the Cincinnati Reds for the National League Central division lead and are in position to make a push for the playoffs.
This year they have been getting significantly better production from star Christian Yelich and also veteran pitchers Wade Miley and Julio Teheran. Proven players like Corbin Burnes, Willy Adames, and Rowdy Tellez have not played up to their potential and injuries to Brandon Woodruff, Aaron Ashby, and Garrett Mitchell have tested the organization's depth.
All of this has kept GM Matt Arnold quite busy. This is his first year getting the final say in all Brewers transactions as he took over for David Stearns during the offseason. His busiest time of the year is about to start with the trade deadline just one month away.
Recently Matt Arnold caught up with the media for a mid-season interview. Here we will highlight three takeaways from his responses.
1) Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames are not getting traded
Both Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames have been heavily involved in trade rumors this summer. When asked if he would consider trading either one of these players Matt Arnold re-assured the media that this is not a possibility that they are considering. He indicated that they both will help the team this year and in their goal of trying to win a World Series.
2) The Brewers have confidence that Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames will have big second halves of the season
Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames have been top of the order hitters and big home run producers over the past few seasons. This year they are both slumping and offensively are not playing up to their potential. Matt Arnold believes that these two can turn it around and reach their previous levels of production in the second half.
3) Young players will continue to get at-bats and get more consistent at the plate
Offensive consistency is one area that Matt Arnold highlighted as an area to improve upon. He cited young players such as Joey Wiemer, Brice Turang, Blake Perkins, and William Contreras going through growing pains and that continued at-bats will help get their offensive production more consistent. They all have made a lot of progress so far and should continue to take strides forward the remainder of the season.
Matt Arnold will likely be in the media quite a bit over the next month as he has the tough task of ensuring that the Brewers will be properly equipped with the right players in order to make the post season. We will see how he navigates this in his first season as the primary shot caller, but so far all the hard work he previously put in has Milwaukee in a good position.