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Looking Towards 2011

Posted By Mathieu Laurin On Aug 23 2010 @ 12:37 pm In Milwaukee Brewers | No Comments

Back from vacation, I am ready to start my stretch drive on the Milwaukee Brewers. Lets face it, at 59-65 / 13GB of Cincinnati the Brewers are all but done this season. However, for a franchise looking towards next year September is a very important month for the future. MLB rosters are expand and the organisation can evaluate top and upcoming prospects. As for the veterans, its a last kick at the can to prove they have a place on the 2011 edition of the team.

GM, Doug Melvin & Manager Ken Macha will decide who will be called up & will build a plan to slowly integrate those young players while keeping the veterans interest throughout. 2B Brett Lawrie could get some September playing time. Lawrie who is batting .289 along with 8HR 58RBI in 123games with double A Huntsville Stars is probably the teams best fielding prospect. Along with the already graduated young players such as 24 year old SS Alcides Escobar, 24 year old CF Lorenzo Cain, 24 year old C Jonathan Lucroy & 3B Mat Gamel. Add young veterans as 3B Casey McGehee, 2B Rickie Weeks 1B Prince Fielder, LF Ryan Braun & RF Corey Hart. You have the recipe to a successful infield & outfield. Pitching prospect Amaury Rivas who is having a great year in Double A posting a 11-4 record along with a ERA of 3.37 is also a call up possibility. Closer John Axford & young prospect pitcher Zach Braddock has already been up with the team for a few weeks now and succeeding in their new home.

Where it gets though for the Brewers is at the pitching level. They don’t have much to offer in form of prospect that are close to being MLB ready. The current starting 5, except Yovani Gallardo is not pitching to a standard the team could be considered a playoff team. At best you would want Randy Wolf as your number 3 or 4 in the rotation. Chris Narveson would be best suited to battle for the 5th rotation spot along with Dave Bush and Manny Parra. The bullpen seems to be headed in the right direction. The Brewers are in need of a number 2 and 3 pitcher that will complement staff ace Yovani Gallardo to be able to contend starting 2011 for the playoffs.

Lets have some fun. Calling all Brewers fan…if you were GM who would you sign to fill out the number 2-3 hole of the rotation. Yovani Gallardo would be number 1, Randy Wolf would be number 4 & 5 would go to Chris Narveson, Dave Bush or MannyParra.

On the field: Up next for the Brew, starting this Tuesday a 3 game home series VS the LA Dodgers. Dave Bush 6-10 4.63 ERA will face Ted Lilly 4-0 1.29 ERA since being acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

Have a great week

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