Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day At Miller Park | Will Good Things Come Their Way in 2010?

We're just over three weeks from the Milwaukee Brewers opening day at Miller Park. As the Brewers finished just two games under .500 last year, what are the expectations of fans and coaches? The offense was good enough, but the pitching was not even close to passable.First, Milwaukee picked up Randy Wolf. We have him for the next three years, so he better come through. Wolf was solid for the Dodgers, and his win record for last season does not match up with his ERA and WHIP. Doug Davis is back, and we need him. He won nine games as a Diamondback last year. His ERA is a bit high, but if you add him to the mix of Gallardo, and Wolf, it's an improvement.

Second, we need Rickie Weeks to stay healthy. How do you measure the impact Weeks would have had in 2009 seeing that he went out so early in the season. He was hot when he went down, but he could have gone south like Corey Hart. We don't know how the season would have gone, and we can only look forward. Hart is most likely going to get his batting back in order, and with Weeks doing well, we should be ok.

Third, Ken Macha had a tough time with his rotation. He's a winning coach, and the 2009 Brewers outcome was atypical of what he's used to seeing. The A's were winners, and Ken had something to do with that. Ken has a bit more to work with when it comes to pitchers, a positive outlook with Weeks and Hart, and good management style. I don't see the Brewers playing any worse than last season, and look for them to finish about eight games above .500.

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