Quantity and Quality

27 02 2008

Some experts have been criticizing Milwaukee for acquiring the likes of Eric Gagne and Guillermo Mota, but the Sports Bubbler explains that Melvin is amassing a bullpen that has quantity and quality.  The Brewers bullpen has 14 viable candidates, including pitchers that may make the starting rotation.  The author says that Milwaukee should be able to ride the hot hand in the pen, and there should be no issues finding seven capable arms at a given time.

Now I know Ned Yost is fond of tinkering with things and managing according to statistics, but I do not see him mixing and matching a bullpen.  With the amount of veteran arms he has to choose from, I see Yost sticking with a core of relievers and maybe sending one down (Mota) if he begins to struggle.  Melvin and Yost will not waste their pitchers’ options and call them up and send them down at will.  That would be foolish.

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