Bob on 02 24, 2009
With spring training coming up, it’s time to start taking a look at the MLB more meticulously.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to bulk up their pitching ASAP. The pipedream of keeping CC Sabathia in a Brewers uni came to an end when he the Yankees threw an absurd amount of money at him(7 yr/161 mil.). Ben Sheets is gone to free agency. The Brew Crew recently obtained pitcher Braden Looper from the Cardinals and relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman from San Diego. I really hope these are not the only moves the team plans on making, if so; it could be a long and excruciating season.
Currently the starters are Yovani Gallardo, Dave Bush, Braden Looper, Jeff Suppan and Manny Parra. The Brewers top guns are Gallardo and Parra…If you’re not a Milwaukee fan you probably haven’t even heard of them. They have both shown flashes of greatness. Gallardo could be the ace if he can stay healthy, he certainly has the talent to. None of these guys are really proven though, and that is potentially a big problem.
Milwaukee has a potent offensive lineup, and they are going to be forced to carry the bulk of the weight this season in order for the Brewers to get wins if they don’t make a move and pick up another pitcher or two. There are some free agent pitchers available who could give good contributions (Randy Wolf and Odalis Perez to name a couple).
Who knows? Maybe these unproven guys will step up and turn some heads this year, but it is speculative and it definitely would not hurt to add another arm to the Brewers bullpen.