Five Things the Milwaukee Brewers need in order to make the Playoffs
With an ballclub with so much talent underachieving at this level, you have to be concerned with the decisions of owner Mark Antanasio.
This team is a few good moves away from making a deep run into the post season, and possibly the World Series.
I have listed a few things that I believe the Milwaukee Brewers need to accomplish in order to still make a run to the 2010 MLB Playoffs.
1. Fire Ken Macha
Its sad to see a team with so much potential and talent get the terrible managerial treatment of Ken Macha.
Macha never achieved much in Oakland, so why did Antanasio think he could somehow win in Milwaukee, where the pressure on winning NOW is so high?
If former skipper Ned Yost was fired for leading the Brewers into the postseason, then why isn't Macha being fired for leading the Brewers to absolutely nothing?
Think about it.
2. Keep Prince
With all the trade rumors circling Fielder in the last few months, you have to wonder if the Brewers actually are considering the possibility of trading him.
Giving away Fielder in a trade for veteran pitching is committing suicide. Winning may not come EXACTLY when and how you want it, but trading away the NL's current leader in home runs isn't a very good solution either.
3. Bring up Young Arms
At this point, it might still be a little too soon to call up young phenom Eric Arnett from AAA Nashville.
But Milwaukee's total lack of efficient starting pitching is becoming a major distraction to the club's focus on winning, and calling up young arms is the best possible solution.
Giving up big name players on this current roster such as Corey Hart and Prince Fielder for veteran pitching is just too much to bargain for. If you trade either OR both Hart or Fielder, you've just depleted all of your power from the lineup.
The Brewers currently find themselves with the 27th worst team ERA (4.81). That is not a number to be proud of, and with old and washed-up pitchers such as Dave Bush still on your active starting 5, you're probably just a little bit concerned.
4. Designate a Closer
All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has been nothing shy of a disappointment this year for Milwaukee. But lets not lose sight of the need for filling a major hole in the bullpen.
The key need for the Brewers is a definite closer such as John Axford, Carlos Villanueva, Todd Coffey, Cameron Loe, or a scenario where Hoffman is put back in the closer position.
The necessity for a once-and-for-all closer in the MLB is one of the most important keys to a winning season. The Milwaukee Brewers really need to find their guy.
5. Keep the Role Players
The Brewers have done a fabulous job with bringing up young talent throught their farm system, and to trade it all away would be absolutely suicidal.
The need for starting pitching is their, and we all know it, but trading key players such as Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks is definitely not the answer to winning more ballgames. Keep what you have and progress through what you will have.
Drastic change is not needed for Milwaukee at this point of the season.