As I sat mortified watching the Chuck New Town experiment come to a disastrous end that surprised absolutely no one, I began searching frantically for my white flag. It's been obvious for a while now that this team just doesn't have the horses to make a legitimate run at the postseason this year. However, the division has been bad enough to keep the delusion alive this late into the year. The fact that the Brewers have so many games remaining against the dregs of the National League has also been pointed to as a ray of hope. Damn all of that. The past two performances by (the now mysteriously injured) Jeff Suppan and Johnny Wholestaff, and the subsequent thrashing by the 37-60 (37 and fucking 60!) Nationals have proved that the dream is now over and it's time to face reality.
So, now what? Obviously making some kind of blockbuster trade is not going to happen, or at least it shouldn't. Even if we do land some pitcher, I don't think it would even be enough to make a difference. So, I started taking inventory of what the Brewers could sell at the deadline. Surely, we must have some disposable parts that some alleged contender might want. What about Braden Looper? He's got 9 wins, he's only signed through this year for a pretty reasonable price. He's good enough to help bolster someone's rotation if they're looking to merely add depth. Also, he's been a late inning reliever, so he has the versatility to add bullpen depth as well. He's not a guy that's going to make or break a team's stretch run, but he could be a nice bargain for someone at the deadline. This would obviously create a hole in the rotation, but I wouldn't object to giving Dillard a shot to see what he could do. He pitched pretty well out of the pen for a while last year, he pitched well as a starter at Triple A this year, he's still young enough (just turned 26) to be considered a prospect, why not give him a shot at it. It's not like we have an overload of competent starting pitchers.
What about Trevor Hoffman? He might not be happy about it, but I think he might be the most tradeable commodity. Any team looking for bullpen help would have to consider the all-time saves leader if the price was right. He's not the Hoffman of old but he's shown himself to still be a reliable closer, and could look good for a lot of teams trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between the starters and their closer.
I'd love to think that some team may be interested in Jeff Suppan for his "veteran presence", "pitching savvy" and/or "playoff experience". Or maybe they'd like to acquire Bill Hall for his "defensive versatility". But sadly, like the Brewers in the playoffs, I don't think those dreams are coming true this year either.
Some other random thoughts from last night:
-To the fan in the row in front of me who insisted on bashing Fielder and calling him a "fat ass" over and over: Shut the fuck up!! If you feel like ragging on someone, the guy that's 2nd in the NL in damn near every offensive category and would be the leading NL MVP candidate if not for the beast called Pujols, is probably not the best place to start.... Hefty though he may be.
-If the Jim Rome Show has taught us anything, it's that "You suck" is not a take. Shouting at players that they "suck" just makes you sound like an ass. You know what, Carlos Villanueva did suck last night, and has sucked for quite sometime. That isn't news. If you want to berate players, at least try to do it in a manner that is creative and witty enough to make those around you do more than just look at you and roll their eyes.