Ordinarily, or at least in recent memory, the Milwaukee Brewers have thrived offensively but have struggled mightily on the mound. In four of the past five seasons, Milwaukee’s team ERA has ranked in the bottom half of the MLB compared to the competition.
As any knowledgeable manager could tell you, that simply won’t get the job done.
GM Doug Melvin determined the problem and sought to fix it last offseason. After acquiring Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, the Brewers now rank 11th in the MLB in team ERA—enough to propel Milwaukee to the top of the NL Central.
With the playoffs looming, starting pitching will become a critical element to success.
Let’s compare Milwaukee’s rotation to the National League’s biggest contenders.
*All statistics through August 20, 2011*