If Doug Melvin believes that the Brewers are ready to contend for a playoff spot next year, he's got another thing coming.
Recent reports out of Milwaukee are saying just that. Craig Counsel signed for a one year deal for a reported one million early in the week, which looks to be the last deal the Brewers are willing to make. Doug Melvin said, "We're pretty far down the road of building our ball club."
Apparently Melvin is failing to see the differences between last year's season. It was the stellar seasons of CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets that covered up the flaws of Jeff Suppan, Manny Parra, and Dave Bush.
Now with two of the best pitchers in the game gone, the Brewers will be hurting unless they can find someone and quick. With the market drying up though, the Brewers chances of picking up another quality started are fading fast.
Braden Looper, Randy Wolf, Oliver Perez, and Mark Mulder are all good candidates for another pitching option, that could come pretty cheap. If the season started today the Brewers rotation would be as followed:
1.Yovanni Gallardo 0-0 1.88 era
2.Jeff Suppan 10-10 4.97 era
3.Manny Parra 10-8 4.39 era
4.Dave Bush 9-10 4.18
5.Seth McCLung 6-6 4.02
On paper, these five don't look too bad, but any informed Brewers fan can tell you that these five are all inconsistent and terrible on the road. The biggest thing that this staff lacks is a stopper. They need a guy like Sheets who was good at giving you nine innings and stopping losing streaks. Gallardo is the only candidate for that role and coming into his second full season, its a heavy load to put on a guy, who missed 90 percent of the season last year.
An extra arm should be a major priority. Odds are someone will go down with an injury or will struggle out of the gate. When that happens the Brewers will have to turn to the Chris Capuano, Carlos Villenueva, or go to the farm to find a replacement.
Even scarier is the rotation the north siders from Chicago are putting together. With Zambrano, Lilly, Dempster, Harden, and Peavy likely on the way, the Brewers will be way over matched this season.
This is by far the worst off season for the Brewers under Mark Antanassio. I hope the Brewers aren't turning off the stove, because of they do, Brewer fans will be watching the Packers over the Brewers come September. Hmmm, reminds me of the old days.