JS Notes: Turnbow, Sheets

2 03 2008

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had some good articles this morning about the Brewers.  Here’s what they had to say:

  • Is Derrick Turnbow an asset or a detriment to the Milwaukee Brewers?  Turnbow has been booed mercilessly by the Brewer faithful, but it is deserved?

    Despite Turnbow’s wildness and the fact that you’re never sure he’ll hit the strike zone when brought in the game, he gave up ZERO runs in 80.5% of his appearances.  I cannot help but believe that people are too hard on Derrick.  He holds batters to a .183 batting average.  He is lights out 80% of the time.

    I do also understand the problems associated with Derrick Turnbow.  In seven appearances last season, he gave up a total of 24 runs.  That’s horrendous.  It’s all because of a loss of control.  The mark of a good pitcher is to be able to reign it back in after losing control, and Derrick has consistently shown that he cannot do that.  He had 46 walks in 68 innings.

    I take the high road when discussing Derrick Turnbow.  I am an optimist by nature and tend to focus on the days when he is lights out.  By no means do I want to have him as Milwaukee’s closer, but he can be a very valuable part of the bullpen.  I expect Derrick to start out strong again this year, and he’ll silence the critics again.  That is…until he blows his first game.  Even if it’s in July.

  • Michael Hunt wonders what the Brewers are going to do with Ben Sheets after the season.  Will Milwaukee attempt to resign him if he has a big season?

    I understand this is a big question, but the answer is fairly obvious.  The Brewers do not have the money to bring Ben Sheets back, especially when Milwaukee is trying to hold together Hardy, Hart, Fielder, Weeks, and Braun.  Melvin cannot try to make a fan-friendly move and try to resign Ben because he’ll handcuff the team’s finances.  Fans need to realize that Milwaukee’s big stars will not be here for all that long.  Milwaukee is a small-market team.  It cannot pretend to be a big-market team (i.e. the Seattle Mariners) and sacrifice the long-term for right now.  It’s not glamorous, but it’s how Milwaukee must run its business.



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