Ryan Braun, not pulling punches again.
Should the Brewers make a trade for a starting pitcher?
"I wish I got to make decisions like that," Braun said with a smile. "I wish I was in those conversations. I know he’s trying to make our ball club better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon.
"At the same, I think everybody has recognized there are a lot of teams still in the race. There are not too many teams willing to give guys up and if they are, the asking price is pretty high.
"That being said, it would be nice to make a move and it would be nice to do something to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better."
Why trade for a starter?
Braun said the Cubs' starting pitchers are "a lot better than ours."
"They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did," said Braun. "They certainly swung the bats better than we did as well. Clearly, they were the better team.
"It was nice to at least get one win but they clearly outplayed us and outperformed us during the series."
"Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours in this series. All four guys we saw in this series are No. 1, worst-case, No. 2 type starters. They make big pitches in big situations. You’re not always going to get hits in those situations."
A decent point - when you're outplayed by the 4th place team in the division over the course of a 4-game series, you might want to consider some changes to shore up some weaknesses.
But Ryan, Dave Bush is hurt and Manny Parra's brain is broken!
"Regardless of the reasons, we’ve got to find a way to throw the ball a little bit better for us to have success. When you’re constantly behind in games, it’s not easy and not fun."
I sure hope Ryan hasn't hurt the feelings of Seth McClung or Mike Burns. That would be a shame.