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Position Battle: No. 4 and 5 starters
With Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf gone from last season's Opening Day rotation, the Brewers have some question marks beyond ace Yovani Gallardo entering the season.
Marco Estrada and Michael Fiers figure to have spots locked up after Gallardo, but from there, Chris Narveson, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Hiram Burgos and Mark Rogers are all vying for the final two spots.
Predicted Winner: No. 4 Chris Narveson, No. 5 Wily Peralta
Of the above mentioned group, both Narveson and Rogers are out of options, so they figure to be on the roster one way or another.
Narveson is my pick for the No. 4 spot. He battled injuries last season, but won 23 games in 2010 and 2011 combined and is the only other real veteran option.
The fifth spot will likely come down to the wire, but Peralta is not too far removed from being the team's top prospect. He looked good in his debut last season with 2.48 ERA over 29 innings of work, so the job is his to lose in my mind.