I figured the series would go 2-1 in favor of St. Louis. I just figured Wainwright would win and Lackey would lose. Either way, I'll take it.
Milwaukee is in serious trouble. Sure, just 9 games in, but I do not see ANY improvement in the team, especially in the pitching rotation. Lohse, Garza, Peralta, Fiers, Nelson? That strikes no fear into me.
Lohse has done nothing since he left St. Louis. Garza has never been consistently good, Peralta is young, but I do not think last year is a good barometer of what he really has. Fiers, as I said to my friends last year, is a perfect case of being new on the scene and a decent pitcher, but once teams see him and study him, they'll figure him out. ALSO, how much of it is a hangover from hitting Stanton in the face? I know I wouldn't be the same after having something like that happen to me. Nelson, who may be the bright spot in the rotation, is young, and may be another case of Fiers. It's a long season with a lot yet to see out of the rotation, but so far, they're living up to expectations.
[h]Now, take off the Brewers glasses and look at it as just a fan of MLB. Who, in their right mind (someone who wants to win and be in contention for pennants) would want to join Milwaukee as a Free Agent?[/h]
I agree with many here, Melvin and Ronny boy need to go if Milwaukee wants to build into a spoiler. Maybe Round II in Pittsburgh will be different than Round I in Milwaukee, but at this point, I'd doubt it.
I agree with you for the most part, and I understand that no one in the rotation strikes fear into anyone, but at the same time, the starting pitching has not been that bad. It is tough to pitch knowing that you have to nearly shut out a team because the team is not scoring runs or the fielding behind you may not support you. The pitching has kept the team in games and the hitting has let the team down. I do agree with the statement that the team has not improved. This team is making so many fundamental mistakes that is discouraging.
I do have a question about the highlighted statement. Do you mean players would not want to come this team with the current GM and manager, or they would not want to come here period?
HITTING is the strength of this team......Remember, all the EXPERTS said so - it has to be!
Two problems with the management:
1. RR and Melvin are Mark A.'s lackeys and basically have to run everything thru Mark A.
2. Mark A. wants to be every players buddy - stupid way to run a team -DONT FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR PLAYERS
When Mark A. decides to keep his beak out, hires a GM with 'power', who then hires a field manager who will
not simply try to keep players happy - that will be the start of a way to build a solid team.
To 'rent' a guy or sign older pitchers(or pitchers who have always underperformed), just is not the way GOOD owners
build teams. Doing stuff for the 'moment' has to end and they need to build the team for the future.
Segura is a solid player but NOT a ML shortstop. They have to move him to 2nd base where he belongs.
That would be a start. Gennett..........don't ever see him hitting enough to validate playing him. Probably a solid
bench player. Lind is a solid start. Lucroy and Muldy are solid catchers. OF's are ok. The team will need a ss and
3rd baseman. If they could trade Gomez for a young 3rd baseman or ss, it would be a good move.
The team will have to live with it's pitching - Lohse and Garza are at best #5 starters on a good team, so they
hold no worth. Brewers will simply have to overpay them till the contracts are done.
Peralta and Nelson look like keeper. Fiers - who knows?
I don't 'get' spending so much on 2 closers. No team would have signed K-rod for that kind of money. Broxton?? - not
really sure why they have him on the team at this point. Seemed like a reach last year as the Brewer hitting is what
kept them out of the playoffs last year.
Many of these moves were owner moves and that rarely works.