Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the Brewers have announced to other teams they’re willing to sell. With a 5-17 record, the Brewers’ hopes for the 2015 season may already be dashed. They have the worst starting rotation ERA in the National League, have committed the second-most errors in the league, and are sporting the NL’s third-worst offense in terms of average runs scored per game.
Nightengale writes that the Brewers are making veterans Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, and Aramis Ramirez available. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds that a rival executive sees Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, Khris Davis, Gerardo Parra, and Francisco Rodriguez as marketable as well.
As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.
We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:
“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.
“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”
For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.