Spring Training preview

16 02 2008

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TODAY! The season is right around the corner…

If you have not read Tom Haudricourt’s Spring Training preview piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, you should. There is no new news coming from the article, but it puts everything together pretty nicely.

The only new information that can be gleaned from the article is that the bullpen is already set.

“We pretty well can pencil in the bullpen, unless somebody falls on their face,” said Melvin, who is counting on newcomer Eric Gagne to re-establish himself as a reliable closer.

“In previous years, we’ve had to count on somebody from Triple-A to fill that last one or two bullpen spots. We have more experience out there now, guys who can go multiple innings, guys who can go back-to-back days.”

This Milwaukee team has more depth than the team has had in many years. The “win-now” mentality shown by Melvin and Yost has brought in veteran players to compliment the young core of players, yet Melvin has not had to sacrifice the farm system to get these players (see the Mariners, Mets, and Astros). As I have said before, Milwaukee cannot sacrifice the farm and gamble everything on winning this season. Small-market teams have to produce their own talent to compete, and it is beginning to look like Brewers fans may be able to enjoy a string of winning seasons.



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