Brewers Set to Rely on Lohse to Bolster Weak Rotation
every assessment of the chances of the Milwaukee Brewers this season
could be summed us as “this team has a solid lineup, but...” The big "BUT" in the case of the Brewers is a pitching rotation that is universally
questioned and seen as inadequate to get Milwaukee into the playoff
pitching staff has been bolstered significantly, though, with the
acquisition of Kyle Lohse, who was 16-3 last season for the Saint Louis
Cardinals. He was added to the roster on March 26, and it make take some
time for him to adjust.
or not that recent signing of the 34 year old can propel the staff to
the capability of allowing the Brewers to make a run for a Wild Card
spot or even a divisional championship remains to be seen.
Gallardo will also, once again, be relied on heavily. He was a
workhorse for the Brewers, going 16-9 for the team last season. It is
outside of those top two pitchers that the rotation’s weaknesses really
become evident. Additionally, Milwaukee made only minor changes to a
bullpen that was one of baseball’s worst last season.
To overcome the pitching deficiencies, the Brewers will need to rely on some active bats.
Milwaukee led the National League in almost every major offensive statistical category despite the loss of Prince Fielder.
Braun continues to prove he is one of the best in the game and is
coming off an NL leading 41 home run season while batting .319 and
batting in 112 runs.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was the only Brewer with a better average, hitting .320.
contributions are bolstered by contributions of other hitters,
particularly three infielders. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez batted .300
while adding 105 RBIs and 27 homers. Additionally, first baseman Corey
Hart (.270 BA, 30 HR, and 83 RBI) and second baseman Rickie Weeks (.230
BA, 21 HR, and 63 RBI), who came on strong last season despite a
horrific average at the start at the plate, bring some additional power.
Hart may have a delayed start to his season due to January knee surgery, and veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez will fill in.
arrival Norichika Aoki made a significant contribution from the
outfield in his first season adding 10 home runs and also had a sold
.288 average. His continued development would only strengthen what is
already one of the MLB’s best lineups. Fellow outfielder Carlos Gomez
also batted .260 and contributed 19 home runs.
Ron Roenicke leads a team that possesses one of the game’s brightest
stars (Braun) and the team should have little trouble producing runs.
However, whether or not they can be in the upper echelon of teams in the
league will depend on pitching, leaving little reason for postseason
optimism at this stage.
The team finished 83-79 last season, and the expectation entering this season has to be a record in the same ballpark.