Yet another playoff team that fits into this spectrum, the Milwaukee Brewers were held together by some fantastic pitching in 2020. Unfortunately for them, the team’s offense didn’t show up.
Among those with 100 plate appearances of more, Jedd Gyorko was their best hitter. He was the only one with an OPS above .800. Former MVP Christian Yelich hit just .205 in what was a surprisingly unproductive season from the star outfielder.
Examining their roster, the Brewers have some openings for upgrades on offense. Do they have some pitching to trade the Mets?
Milwaukee scored the fourth-fewest runs per game in 2020 at 4.12 per game. Their pitching wasn’t elite, allowing 4.40 per game this past season. They were much closer to the middle of the league than they were the top. So, expecting them to have an arm to deal to the Mets might be asking a little too much.
The Brewers don’t have a starter for the Mets to necessarily target, but we can once again debate whether or not the club can pluck a reliever from the staff. Josh Hader has been mentioned in plenty of trade rumors over the last two seasons. With the rise of Devin Williams, could he be more available than ever before?
If not Hader, Brent Suter might be someone that would look good in orange and blue. A big leaguer since 2016, Milwaukee seems to have shifted him into a bullpen role. The 31-year-old lefty has now had two straight awesome years pitching in relief for the Brewers. Although age might not be on his side, he has only logged a little over 250 innings.
Suter seems like a player the Mets could acquire. As an elite-level reliever with starter potential, he’s a name I would keep an eye on in their pursuit of building a better pitching staff.