In the last 11 games since the All-Star break, the Brewers are 7-4, even sweeping the Reds at one point, and own the division by a half game. They can stretch that lead back out with a win in the rubber match against Cincinnati.
It is now official. The Brewers are contenders and thus should be buyers. However, there are still a lot of holes on this roster. If the Brewers are serious about making a playoff run, they need to get the front office loaded up and ready to make some deals.
A lot of talent is coming up, and the Brewers have a potential powerhouse with Wiemer, Turang and Mitchell and superstar in the making Sal Frelick. They need to keep the bigger talent coming up in the farm but move some pieces to make a run this year. So before we talk needs, let's put out notice that the baby crew that's brewing stays intact. OF Jackson Chourio, RHP Jacob Misiorowski, and C Jeferson Quero are not moveable and should remain with the team.
As for needs, the Brewers have several. First is the need for speed; we have it, it's inherent, and there is nothing we can do about it. We need to score more, and you need OBP plus speed to do that. Currently, the Brewers are ranked 27th in the MLB for batting average (.231), 24th in runs (412), and 22nd in home runs (103).
On the mound, they are 19th in HR given up (120), 18th in strikeouts (836), and 15th in walks (311). Most of their HR against come in the 5th-8th innings, as strikeouts decrease and walks increase tremendously during those innings. In particular, the Brewers are giving up a lot of left-handed HRs and walks in these innings. In short, there is a need for relievers that can get left-handed outs.