The pitching in Milwaukee is by far the worse I have seen in some time. In fact, it's the second worse in the league! From top to bottom, even including Yovanni Gallardo at times...this rotation is purely laughable.
Doug Melvin, despite my fondness for him, should be held accountable for this atrocity. Why? Because he actually felt that this rotation would be okay for 2009.
"I thought we had middle-of-the-pack pitching," he said. "If we were seventh or eighth in ERA, between 4.30 and 4.50, we'd have a chance. It didn't happen." -Doug Melvin
Really? Even wit out pitching coach Mike Maddux; who went to the Rangers last winter? We can't blame you for parting ways with Ben Sheets and losing out to CC Sabathia. But adding another arm to the rotation, other than Oliver Perez, would have worked last winter.
Grow some nuts and kick Suppan to the pen. Who knows, he may actually be okay down there.
Michael Hunt hinted at a pretty good idea in the above mentioned story in yesterdays Journal-Sentinel....
Milwaukee has to a little more gutsy in going after solid pitchers this off-season. Not reckless, but will to take more chances with injury-laden pitchers. Granted, Ben Sheets has probably scared the living bejesus out of this sort of thinking. But look at the risk that the Cardinals did in signing John Smoltz? Or the Phillie's with Pedro Martinez?
This day and age, you have to take chances and hope that it works out. Of course, I will probably be bitching if it doesn't...but you know what? That's okay. I'm a fan of Brewers baseball.