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.”