Party of Five: Completing a Rotation

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Manny Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during photo day at the Brewers spring training complex on February 19, 2009 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The fateful day is approaching for Milwaukee’s starting rotation. Following Manny Parra’s demotion last week, the Brewers have relied on off days to make a temporary four-man rotation possible. But with Dave Bush likely to miss his next start due to arm fatigue and no off days until July 6, a decision must be made in the coming hours.

Someone has to take that fifth spot.

To be frank, I’m not in love with any of the in-house options at hand, but some are certainly better than others and capable of holding down the job in the short term. The following list details some of the potential suitors for the job Parra inaccurately threw himself out of.


Seth McClung

The fire-balling firecrotch has started games for the Devil Rays and, last season, for the Brewers. In 2009, he’s posted a very respectable ERA (3.32) and is sixth on the team in innings pitched. Endurance shouldn’t be an issue.


Carlos Villanueva 

Another option on the 25-man roster, Villy began as a starter, but didn’t perform to standards in the role. Moving either he or McClung from reliever roles doesn’t bode well for an already overworked, under-performing and (mostly) young bullpen. I’d shy away from giving the ball to Carlos as a starter.


Mike Burns

The Sounds starter has some big league experience in past seasons and pitched four scoreless frames for Milwaukee in the Marlins series. The link provided up top indicates he’s scheduled to pitch for Nashville on Thursday, so he could instead go for the Brewers in the Twins finale.

He has a 2.55 ERA in 77 2/3 frames for the Sounds this season.


Tim Dillard

It seems like T-Dilly’s name is always thrown around when any pitcher gets hurt or demoted. He pitched well for Milwaukee late last season and is throwing fairly well for the Sounds this season (7-3, 4.31 ERA, 28 BB, CG).


Chase Wright

The prize claimed in the Eric Fryer trade is proving as a Sounds starter that he’s not the same pitcher who gave up homers to four consecutive Red Sox hitters in 2007.

Wright pitched Sunday to the tune of 7 1/3 innings, six hits and one earned run. His ERA is an impressive 3.82, but having started Sunday makes him an unlikely promotee for the time being. I like Wright a lot.


Manny Parra 

In his first start back on the farm (6/18), Manuel tossed six innings and fanned four, while surrendering just four hits and a single run. I’m personally under the assumption the Brewers want to leave him in Nashville a bit longer to work out those pesky control/confidence issues.


Lindsay Gulin

See Dillard, Tim and subtract Major League experience.


Trade for Jarrod Washburn or sign Pedro Martinez

Just kidding.

A decision will probably be made later tonight or tomorrow, when Moustache, Whitey and Gord Ash’s bald nugget are expected to discuss the matter. What do you think the best option is?