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Disciples of Uecker

We'd like to go to the Playoffs, that would be cool.

“Rank the top 5 SPs right now and what you expect at the end of the season.” -@KyleAshauer

Right now, I’ll take (in no order), Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander

End of the year? Let’s go with Kershaw, Hernandez, Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Chris Sale

“Why haven’t the Brewers signed Yuni yet?” -@Ben_Oehler

There’s a logical explanation to all of this, I think. With the Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay signings, the Brewers are just waiting to sign every first baseman available that nobody else seems to want to make an offer to. It’s all a part of Doug Melvin’s Great Rebuild plan. Yuni-d to just be patient.

“Brewers starting rotation?” -@junesfoshiz

The obvious case seems to be for Lohse, Garza, Gallardo, Estrada, Peralta and move Thornburg and Smith to the bullpen, but we’ve seen Marco Estrada serve as a reliever as recently as 2011 almost full-time (all this assuming the Brewers actually do finish the deal with Garza). Going with anything but the five guys above wouldn’t be the smartest decision. Even if the organization is convinced Thornburg can be an effective starter (an idea I’d say I agree with), it’s not worth rushing him into the rotation and effectively giving up on Estrada, who could end up being a solid number three-type pitcher this season.

If Garza or any other starting pitcher doesn’t sign, then I think Tyler Thornburg gets the nod over Will Smith.


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  1. Alex says: January 24, 2014

    I got posted :) anybody have any idea when garza will be official?

    • Curt Hogg says: January 24, 2014

      I’m hearing that we’re looking at early next week or even sometime this weekend to just work everything out.

      • Franco says: January 25, 2014

        I’d be willing to put some money on it getting it done this weekend as a marketing move to pique fan interest in the Brewers On Deck event.

  2. dbug says: January 24, 2014

    Isn’t it concerning that the Brewers have four or five guys that may be future starters, but might never get the opportunity to consistently start in the majors until the last half of their twenties? Thornburg, Nelson, Burgos, Hellweg, will all be 25 or older by this June. At some point you have to find out if they are good enough to be the future don’t you? Otherwise, two years from now it is going to be back to the two starters and a bunch of questionmarks type of pitching staff.

  3. Ron says: January 24, 2014

    I believe some of these arms will be used for trade bait, D.M has to know what young arms are going to be the future, have a feeling Thornburg is not one of them though I would disagree. Has problems out of pen and if they had that much confidence in him right now he would be in rotation, is he out of options to minors yet?

  4. Aaron says: January 24, 2014

    I’m not suggesting this is what the Crew has, but maybe close enough for an interesting discussion. Would you rather have 5 starting pitchers that are all true low #2′s to high #3′s, or guys that are true 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5? I would think that you could win enough match-ups against other teams’ 1 and 2′s, then usually dominate their 4′s and 5′s, which would also save a lot of money versus an ace contract.


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