The Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, to retake sole possession of first place again heading into the All Star Break, but they have not been playing well at all the last several weeks. Many analysts are saying it’s only a matter of time before they are out of first place. Still, they will be contenders, and even though they don’t have the pieces to make a significant trade, and even if they did they shouldn’t, they could still add a bullpen arm that could help in the 6th- 7th inning. Here is a list of potential arms they could go after.
Tony Sipp/LHP/Houston- Sipp is having a solid season. He has an ERA of 2.77, and a WHIP of 0.85, both of which are better than his career averages. For his career, Sipp has an ERA of 3.74 and a WHIP of 1.26.
Chad Qualls/RHP/Houston- Sipp’s teammate, Qualls, is having a magnificent season for the Astros. For the season, Qualls has an ERA of 1.95 and a WHIP of 1.08, both better than his career averages. For his career, Qualls has an ERA of 3.71 and a WHIP of 1.27.
Brian Duensing/LHP/Minnesota- The Twins are in a youth movement, much like the Astros, and so the 31-year-old Duensing’s time in Minnesota may be coming to an end. He is having a good season, with an ERA of 2.52 and a WHIP of 1.32. For his career, he has an ERA of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.39.
Brad Zielger/RHP/Arizona- Basically every member of the Diamondbacks team except Paul Goldschmidt is available. Zielger has a unique release that gets the job done. This season, Zielger has an ERA of 2.42 and a WHIP of 1.06. Both numbers are right around his career averages. He could be a little pricey though for Milwaukee’s liking.