Brewers All-Star Break Checkpoint
Let's see if the Milwaukee Brewers have done good this year from their off-season moves.
1) Carlos Gomez for JJ Hardy- Win
Both have struggled this year with Hardy on the DL often, and Gomez's bat slumping, but great defense.
2) Signing of Randy Wolf- Win
With a 7-8 record with a 4.56 ERA, he has helped the Brewers improve their pitching staff from last year.
3) Signing of Doug Davis- Loss
With two visits to the DL already this year, and posting a 1-4 record with a 7.51 ERA, Davis hasn't helped the pitching staff improve this year.
4) Re-signing Trevor Hoffman- Loss
Trevor Hoffman has slumped this year, posting a 2-4 record with an 8.04 ERA. Though the call up of rookie closer John Axford, who is 11-11 saves, has helped the Brewers, besides Trevor Hoffman's 5 saves, and 5 blown saves.
5) Signing of LaTroy Hawkins- Loss
Hawkins has been on the DL have of his season, also with a 0-3 record, and a 9.26 ERA. He hasn't been that great of a signing for the Brewers. This won't end his career, because he still has 2 years left on his contract.
6) Signing of Gregg Zaun- Loss
The switch-hitter has had problems with his ankle this year, and that is what landed him on the DL, out for the season with ankle surgery. This could end his career.
7) Signing of Jim Edmonds- Win
A great addition to the team, and a great comeback to the MLB after not having a team in 2009. He is a great backup to struggling to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Also a great left-handed pinch-hitter.
8) Signing of Kameron Loe- Win
The 6 foot 8 right-handed pitcher returned back from Japan, and signed with the Brewers. He has posted an 0-1 record, with an impressive 1.44 ERA at the all-star break.
9) Waiver Claims (Joe Inglett, George Kottaras, Luis Cruz, Marco Estrada)- Win
Joe Inglett, a perfect pinch-hit option for Ken Macha, has posted a .339 batting average at the all-star break. Besides George Kottara's .200 average, he has 7 home runs. Luis Cruz, an all-star for AAA, is great for the Nashville Sounds. Claimed off the waivers from the Pirates, Cruz is a great offensive and defensive player. Marco Estrada is on the DL in Nashville, but is a great RHP call up for an injury for the Brewers.
The Brewers offseason wasn't the best, but also wasn't the worst. Doug Melvin did an okay job, but good enough to not lose his job.
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