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Brewer's season comes to an end

 

Brewers hats & merchandise When the Milwaukee Brewers look back at their 2012 season, they are only left to wonder what might have been. What if the bullpen had not been responsible for a league-leading 29 blown saves? If the relievers had come through in roughly half of those games, the Brewers would still be playing instead of cleaning out their lockers. Despite the mid-season bullpen failures, the team used a late season surge to wind up with an 83-79 record and finished only five games out of a Wild Card spot. Those numbers are truly remarkable considering that the Brewers were 63-68 at the beginning of September.

The Brewers most certainly could have mailed it in for the final month of the season…but they didn’t. Ryan Braun was interviewed in August following a game against the Chicago Cubs. Braun suggested that the Brewers were still in contention for a playoff spot. As far-fetched as that statement may have sounded at the time, it turned out to be a magnificent bit of foreshadowing for the rest of the season. The Brewers compiled an 18-10 record in the month of September and found themselves squarely in the middle of the Wild Card Race. While hopes of any hopes of makes the playoffs ultimately dissolved when John Axford blew another save in Cincinnati, the Brewers showed that they have the makeup to be a contender in 2013.

That notion has to bring a smile to the face of General Manager Doug Melvin. While the Brewers were scuffling at the All Star break, it looked as if Melvin would have a busy off-season. However, the team now looks to be solid at all positions in the lineup and with the emergence of starters Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Marco Estrada, the Brewers seem to have the makings of a solid starting rotation as well. Melvin must shift a majority of his focus to reloading the bullpen. The General Manager has said that John Axford will reprise his role as closer and the Brewers would probably like to see Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Veras return as well. However, there is no way that the Brewers can afford to bring back the likes of Kameron Loe and Manny Parra. Both pitchers were erratic throughout the season and are of little value to the team.

The Brewers certainly have some work to do in the off-season. Fortunately, after the team’s resurgence late in the season, that hill certainly won’t be has high to climb.

 

 

By: Scott Kasten
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer


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