Friday, April 30, 2010

3 Problems With The Brewers Right Now!

I hate to do this, but after a talk about the Brewers with a friend over lunch, I need to explain three problems I have with the big league team at this moment. The Milwaukee Brewers have lost six of their last seven, including three straight. They take on the San Diego Padres once again tonight in game two of their ten game road trip as Dave Bush takes the mound. Here are three reasons the Brewers fans shouldn't be optimistic about the rest of the season:

1.) Pitching, Pitching, and once again Pitching
I could realistically use these for all three of my reasons, but I'll keep it to one, the Brewers once again sport a pitching staff ranked in the bottom fourth of the majors. They've allowed 126 runs in 22 games, that's good for 5.72 runs a game, not very good to say the least. Not only are the Brewers' starters not putting up quality starts, the closer Trevor Hoffman already has 4 blown saves in 6 opportunities. Hoffman gave up two homeruns all of last year, while he has already given up four this year.

2.) Run Differential?
For those of you who do not know what this stat is, its fairly simple, Runs Scored minus Runs Allowed. At the end of the year, the teams with the best run differential usually make the playoffs, pretty intuitive. The best team in baseball right now is the Tampa Bay Rays who also have the best run differential of +69, where are the Brewers at? As I mentioned above, the Brewers have allowed 126 runs but also scored 126 runs, giving them a run differential of zero. Last year Milwaukee ended the season with a run differential of -33, meaning they gave up 33 more runs than they scored despite having one of the best offenses in all of the majors.

3.) What to do with Fielder?
With the recent extension given to Ryan Howard by the Philadelphia Phillies (5 year-$125 million), I think it's safe to say Fielder will not be a Brewer next year. Many teams will be looking to acquire the power hitting first baseman, so what will GM Doug Melvin be asking for in return? The obvious answer is pitching, but will it be an established ace or group of prospects. I hope it's the latter, I don't think we need to repeat the Sabathia experience (having an ace come in for half of a season and leave). It's been well publicized that the Brewers are losing money and have no more money to give another major contract, thus they must depend on the development of some acquired prospects to resurrect the pitching staff.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bitter or upset about the Brewers situation at the moment, but they must deal with these problems in order to have a successful season on the field. Their main priority going into the off season was to balance the offense and pitching and as of right now, I would say that was not fixed. They haven't hit rock-bottom yet, but a lot will be said about this team at the end of the current ten game road trip if they can't put forth a string of quality starts. I'll end on that note, GO BREWERS!

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