It’s a Rebuild
The Brewers have had a rough time so far in the second half, going 5-11 so far. They will finish July in second place, 2.5 games behind the Cubs. This is a much better position than most experts thought, but the fact that the Brewers went from 5.5 games up to 2.5 games down has made it seem worse than it is. The fact remains that this is still a team that is rebuilding, and that they are right on schedule.
The core of the rebuild is starting to take shape, and it is a solid one. There are still a couple of question marks, but most of the lineup looks set. Travis Shaw, Orlando Arcia, and Domingo Santana bring the youth while Ryan Braun brings his veteran leadership. Lewis Brinson and Brett Phillips are gaining some valuable experience this year.
The biggest question mark is at second base, where Jonathan Villar has not lived up to last season. Eric Sogard was doing well earlier, but has since come down to earth. Hernan Perez, the super utility man, could take over at second if the Brewers don’t find another option.
The pitching staff is coming together with Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, and Zach Davies having good seasons. Brent Suter has done a great job filling in while Josh Hader has been excellent in his role out of the pen. Those 5 can be a solid rotation even if the Brewers don’t add another pitcher.
The Brewers may not make the playoffs this year, but they will be contenders next year and for years to come.