The 3rd Man In

Brewers have no choice, need to sign Dallas Keuchel

Brewers Dallas Keuchel

The Brewers pitching staff, especially their starting rotation, has been awful this season. The pitching staff ranks 25th – second worst in the National League – with a 5.21 team ERA. 

Zach Davies is the Brewers’ lone starter to have an ERA below 5.00. Their young, inexperienced pitchers have struggled especially. They even demoted highly-regarded young righty Corbin Burnes to the minor leagues Friday due to his 10.70 ERA in four starts this season.

Free-agent left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel would instantly give the Brewers a reliable starter. With the way their pitchers have struggled, the Brewers need to make a move to upgrade their below-average pitching staff.

Keuchel, 31, has been one of baseball’s top left-handers over the last five years. 

The veteran hurler is coming off a season where he pitched in a career-high 34 games and posted a 3.74 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 58 walks in 204 2/3 innings. 

Although he led the league with 211 hits allowed and saw his strikeouts per nine innings drop to 6.7, Keuchel would give the Brewers a top-of-the-rotation pitcher they desperately need if they want to duplicate last year’s success.

Keuchel attacks the zone and generates a high ground ball rate, making him an ideal fit for the Brewers. If he is willing to sign a one- or two-year deal, the Brewers have no choice but to pay his asking price. 

The season is early, and there’s time for the Brewers’ pitching staff to turn it around. But if the Brewers are serious about contending for a World Series, they need to make the necessary moves to solidify their roster, which includes signing Keuchel.

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