Melvin: Brewers, in striking distance of playoffs, waiting on making trade
Doug Melvin. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers are one of four teams within seven games of the National League Central Division lead, and one of seven teams within 5.5 games of the final National League wildcard berth.
That fact, and the fact Milwaukee has either won or tied each of its last five series, may bring General Manager Doug Melvin to not necessarily be so aggressive in the trade market - as either buyers or sellers.
"If we continue to play good, continue to win, cut the lead, cut the gap, you don't have to do as much. You just have to play good baseball," Melvin said on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"There will be a point where, I don't know that exact point is, you just get a gut feeling and say 'We need to make a move here,' if there's a right deal....we've laid the groundwork to know what we have to do. We're in a very difficult position, but as long as we play good baseball, it helps us make those decisions."
Milwaukee (44-47) has played good baseball in recent weeks, winning six of their last nine games. That has led to the Brewers' climb to an area that isn't unheard of for a team to reach the playoffs after struggling earlier in the year.
"Tampa Bay was 9 games out on September 5th. The (eventual 2011 World Series champion St. Louis) Cardinals were 10 games out in September. There's still a lot of baseball left," said Melvin.
"Winning series is the most important thing at this point."