Braun outspoken after series loss to Cubs

Perhaps it’s best to let Ryan Braun’s words speak for themselves after the Brewers’ 8-2 loss to the Cubs on Sunday. Chicago took the series, three games to one.

Here is Braun, unfiltered:

“Their starting pitching is a lot better than ours. They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did, and they swung the bats better than we did as well. Clearly, they were the better team. It’s nice to get one win, but they clearly outperformed us in this series….

“We’re at the point right now where it would be important for us to go out there and acquire somebody. I think [Brewers officials] would be more inclined to do that if we’re winning. …

“We need to find a way to throw the ball a little better to have success. When you’re constantly behind in games, it’s not easy. It’s not fun. Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours this series.”

Does Braun think general manager Doug Melvin will be able to make a deal before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline?

“I wish I got to make decisions like that,” Braun said. “I know he’s looking to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon, but at the same time a lot of teams are in the race and there aren’t a lot of teams willing to give guys up. If they do, the asking price is high.

“That being said, it would be nice to make a move. It would be nice to do something to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better.”

On Milwaukee’s upcoming homestand against the National League-Central leading Cardinals and NL West-leading Dodgers:

“It’s crucial. We don’t want to dig ourselves too big of a hole. It’s always important to have some momentum going into the second half to show everybody that we’re for real and that we can make a move and improve our ballclub. We need to be headed in the right direction and not the wrong direction in order to do that.”

Discuss.

6 Comments

I appreciate Braun’s intensity on and off the field, but he’s gotta keep his cannon a little less loose.

are u kidding me i think a couple more players need to let mark know doug is a horrible gm an shoulda addressed the pitching situation a lil better in the offseason an we wouldnt be in this mess. also we have no prospect pitchers an the ones we do have are dopers and 30yr old journeymen! i also feel 2 wrongs dont make a right a real man woulda pulled braun into his office an had a slight chat but to say that about his deputy, grow a set melvin, stop whinning an tell this young man to his face your problem with him. i still think jack shoulda stayed with us and been our gm an we coulda just let doug go he didnt deserve an exstention.

i would like to hope ownership rips both guys a new rear! i would also like to think melvin is more expendible than braun. last yr he blamed pitching staff for the struggles then we got cc an still were losing games so then he blamed yost. after that he blamed the rest of the coaches in the off season when is he gonna realize there is three fingers pointing back at him when he starts throwing blames??!!

i would like to hope ownership rips both guys a new rear! i would also like to think melvin is more expendible than braun. last yr he blamed pitching staff for the struggles then we got cc an still were losing games so then he blamed yost. after that he blamed the rest of the coaches in the off season when is he gonna realize there is three fingers pointing back at him when he starts throwing blames??!!

I agree with Braun on this issue, and we were outpitched, however, I felt our pitchers dealt with a completely different strike zone throughout the four game set. It seemed like anything below mid-thigh thrown by a Brewer pitcher was a ball, and this put us behind against really good hitters. I also noticed the opposite was true for Cub pitchers. It seemed the same location was a strike for them and a ball for us. This put us behind the 8 ball and we were forced to groove pitches down the pipe at 88 MPH like the one D Lee left the stadium with. It made our pitchers who don’t have overpowering fastballs by any means rely on the fastball to get strikes and in a batter friendly count, that isn’t good. Mcclung seemed extraordinarily squeezed and even though he was around 93 MPH, he was behind in the count almost every hitter making his breaking ball out of the zone ineffective, and allowing Cub hitters to feast on the meaty fastballs he gave them on counts like 2-0, 2-1, 3-0

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