The Brewers have been trying to hold off the defending champion Chicago Cubs at the top of the NL Central, and they may soon receive bullpen help as they are said to being aggressive on Tigers’ lefty Justin Wilson, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
The Milwaukee bullpen has been in the middle of the pack this season with a 4.07 ERA and .246 batting average against. Their bullpen has combined for 166 walks which ranks as the most in the MLB.
Wilson, 29, is under team control through next season, and he is one of the top left-handed arms available out of the bullpen. The Brew Crew recently moved Brent Suter to the rotation leaving rookie Josh Hader as the only lefty in their bullpen.
As for Wilson, he’s 3-4 this season with a 2.75 ERA in 38 games. He also has posted career-lows in WHIP at 0.94, batting average against at .159 and strikeouts per nine at 12.5 since becoming a full time big leaguer.
Currently, the Brewers are holding onto the NL Central lead by a thread with a 1.5 game lead over the surging Cubs. As buyers, Brewers’ GM David Stearns has also expressed a desire to upgrade in the rotation after his club was thought of as the front-runners for Sonny Gray for a period of time. While there have not been many reports on that since, their focus may be shifting to upgrading in the pen.