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Cliff Lee had a stretch in late August and early September in which he looked human, but he’s otherwise been a sensational midseason pick-up for the Phillies. The Brewers, who missed Lee during their Interleague trip through Cleveland in June, will get a look at him tonight at Miller Park.
Since joining the Phillies in July, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts including three complete games and one shutout. Compare that to the Brewers’ acquisition last summer of another Cleveland Indians lefty, CC Sabathia, who was 9-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his first 10 Brewers starts, including five complete games and two shutouts. It’s not supposed to be that easy.
As Brewers GM Doug Melvin points out, Lee was a rare impact pick-up this season. The Cardinals’ acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday also qualifies, but otherwise many of the July trades had a limited effect.
Back to tonight’s game. Here are the lineups for both teams:
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Ben Francisco LF
Pedro Feliz 3B
Paul Hoover C
Cliff Lee LHP
Felipe Lopez 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Mike Rivera C
Manny Parra LHP
Tim Dillard joined the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, when manager Ken Macha wondered aloud whether the team, strapped for starters, might get even more help ahead of Friday’s nonwaiver trade deadline.
“The trading deadline is coming and Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee’s general manager] is trying to help the club,” Macha said. “I don’t want to try to create expectations, but he’s trying to make the club better and I’m sure if he finds a starting pitcher who can help out, it’s something he would do.
“Here again, the starters that are available are kind of limited, and expensive.”
Macha was asked whether he’d be surprised if the Brewers failed to make an addition before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
“I just know how much effort has been put into trying to look at our needs as a whole and fill those needs,” Macha said. “Typically, when you get into this, the further away you are from the deadline, the higher the price is. The closer you get to the deadline, [prices drop]. It’s a bit of a waiting game.”
Of principal owner Mark Attanasio, who was in Milwaukee over the weekend to participate in trade talks, Macha said, “I think Mark is a very competitive guy, and he wants to win. Not only that, but we have a tremendous fan base here and the fans are supporting us. [Attanasio] is very appreciative of that. He showed last year that he’s willing to go out there [and make a trade].”
At the same time, Macha cautioned, Attanasio and Melvin want to field a perennially competitive team, and thus they are hesitant to gut the farm system.
“It’s a balancing act,” Macha said.
The Brewers have been linked oin published reports to all of the supposedly available arms, from Toronto’s Roy Halladay and Cleveland’s Cliff Lee at the top of the list to Arizona’s Doug Davis and Jon Garland, Seattle’s
Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn and Kansas City’s Brian Bannister.
The deadline is at 3 p.m. CT on July 31. Teams can still make trades after that, but players must pass through waivers first.
UPDATE at 2 p.m. CT, when I noticed that Bedard went back on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder. Will that make Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, whose club is a surprising contender, more or less likely to trade Wisconsin native Washburn?