Kyle Lohse acknowledged after his last outing that his days with the Milwaukee Brewers could be coming to an end.
For now, he’s focused on helping the club continue its long winning streak.
The hot-hitting Brewers return home after a perfect road trip seeking a ninth consecutive victory when they face the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Lohse (5-9, 6.24 ERA) hasn’t been very impressive, but with the July 31 trade deadline looming a number of contending teams are searching for depth in the starting rotation. Despite its run, Milwaukee (36-48) is in last place in the NL Central.
Lohse took the rumors in stride after allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings of Wednesday’s 9-5 win over Philadelphia. The right-hander gave up two runs through six before becoming a bit unraveled to start the seventh.
He’s allowed at least four runs in six of his last eight starts.
"Obviously, many of us wish our season stats looked better than they do right now, but you can’t fix it all in one night," Lohse said. "You just keep doing the things that you do to be successful. (Wednesday’s outing) was another step in the right direction for me."
Lohse has no reason to complain about his recent numbers against the Braves, going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in the last three matchups, most recently allowing one run in eight innings of a 6-1 victory May 21, 2014.
Milwaukee has backed its starters with plenty of offense recently, averaging 7.25 runs during the eight-game winning streak. Gerardo Parra homered leading off the seventh inning Sunday and Adam Lind followed with a two-run shot three batters later in a 6-1 win over Cincinnati that completed a seven-game trip.
Jean Segura had three hits and has gone 10 for 16 in his last four. Lind is batting .404 with four homers and 17 RBIs over his last 13.
"It’s a great stretch," manager Craig Counsell said. "We’re getting guys on base (and) everybody’s cleaning up with guys on base."
The Brewers have lost eight of 10 to the Braves (40-42), dropping three of four in Atlanta from May 21-24. They’ll get their first look at Matt Wisler in his fourth career start.
Wisler (2-1, 2.60) allowed one hit and overcame five walks in 5 1-3 innings to beat Washington 4-1 on Wednesday. He didn’t walk anyone in 11 innings over his first two starts after being called up from the minors to make his debut June 19.
The right-hander also struck out six after striking out two in his previous outings combined.
"The last time I was leaving balls up in the zone," said Wisler, recalling when he gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings of a 7-0 loss to the Nationals on June 25. "(Wednesday), I finally got down in the zone. That’s what helped me a lot with a couple ground balls. … My misses were not like up in the zone and over the plate."
Wisler might avoid having to face Carlos Gomez, who sat out Sunday with a left wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch Saturday. Counsell said he doesn’t think Gomez will miss much time, leaving it unclear if he’ll play against the Braves, who are beginning a seven-game trip.
They had a four-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s 4-0, 10-inning loss to Philadelphia. A.J. Pierzynski had three of the seven hits for Atlanta, which has scored fewer than three runs in three of its last four.