Being 4 games over .500 is enough to keep the Milwaukee Brewers in second place behind the Cardinals in the NL Central but according to reports in their local new outlets, their efforts to improve the team by acquiring an established pitcher have, so far, been futile. All-Star Ryan Braun voiced his frustration yesterday after the Brewers lost to the Cubs 8-2. "No matter who is in there, we have to find a way to throw the ball better for us to have success. I think when you're constantly behind in games, its' not easy and it's not fun." The Brewers are about to face the division leading Cardinals for a three-game series in Milwaukee starting Tuesday.
While last week it was reported that GM Doug Melvin was trying to make a deal for uber-utility player Mark DeRosa, he was told by Indians GM Mark Shapiro that he didn't have what they were looking for. The trade deadline is still 25 days away so anything could happen but from the sound of Braun's frustration, a deal could not come too soon.