Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wolf Roughed Up in Spring Finale

The Milwaukee Brewers pitchers have been having a pretty hard time this Spring, but the one man safe from getting knocked around so far was Randy Wolf. Well, he had held out until Spring Training's final day, but his scorecard was finally blemished. Wolf went four innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, giving up four home runs in the process. Still, even with the rocking today he got out of Spring with a 3.15 ERA, and I have no worries about him as we head into the regular season.

It was a rough final game overall for the Brewers as they fell to Arizona 12-3. Now that the Spring is over, I'm really not sure what to expect out of this ballclub. Sports Illustrated has the Brewers down to 4th in the NL Central, and many of the other predictions I've seen usually put the Brewers in about third place. I'd like to say that I think the Brewers can get back into the playoffs, and I think the offseason changes they've made will help do that. But I think it's going to be another season where if we are to make the playoffs, everything needs to happen perfectly. Remember, when he had CC Sabathia carrying us in 2008 it took us until the final day just to get the Wild Card, so we'll see.

With that, it's a two game set against Tigers at Miller Park and then the season gets underway. Ken Macha still doesn't know how his lineup is going to shake out, but one thing he does know is that Manny Parra and Chris Narveson are heading to the bullpen, at least to start. It's really a shame that Parra hasn't been able to get his stuff together yet, because at times he looks as good as any other pitcher in the league. That obviously wasn't the case this spring, because he'll be starting in the bullpen. I actually think Narveson is pitching better right now, so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out for the role of that fifth stater.

Just as long as it's not... say it with me... Jeff Suppan.


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