Things are so bad that owner Mark Attanasio was on his way to Milwaukee in an attempt to gauge what his going on with his team, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
While Attanasio confirmed he's heading Wednesday to Milwaukee, where the Brewers finish a thus-far winless homestand with five more games against two archrivals, with two more against the Reds followed by three against the Cardinals, he didn't say what the purpose of his trip is beyond "catching a couple of the games in person."
Of course, with Attanasio in town, manager Ron Roenicke's job performance is under a microscope. General manager Doug Melvin reassured that it isn't all on the manager for the team's rough play, but clearly hinted a roster revamp might be in order:
"It's good we have 140 some games left. But we've got to see change here. We've got to see the arrow pointing in the other direction pretty soon," Melvin said. "Maybe there's a point you have to say, you have to reset, retool."
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- The Brewers attempted to shake up their roster in a big way, optioning reliever Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Over 7.2 innings pitched, Thornburg was allowing an opponent's OPS of .899. In his place, the Brewers have called up Rob Wooten, who in 67 previous appearances for the Brewers carries a 4.35 ERA.
- The Cincinnati Reds, playing better after Bryan Price's tirade earlier this week, gave the Brewers their third win of the season.
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"We really want to focus on our secondary leads and forcing the defense to stop us, especially balls put into play in the outfield - making the outfielders come up clean with the ball and making an accurate throw," Price said on Wednesday.
- Though some of the numbers may not be in the Pirates favor, their bullpen isn't as bad as you think, says Joshua Choudhury of Bucs Dugout.
- Speaking of bullpens, Ben Humphrey of Viva El Birdos attempts to answer the question concerning the Cardinals reliever usage.
- The ascension of the Cubs continues, with Addison Russell joining Kris Bryant as top prospects attempting to revive the Cubs from the depths of the NL Central.
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"There's never been a grievance like this, but the union could possibly contend the timing of the callup was designed only to hinder Bryant's service time and delay his free agency, and unrelated to any actual deficiency in Bryant's game."