I know it's early Brewers fans...but...
To quote my co-worker, Matt Regashus: "So for the record - Corey Hart is on the 60 day DL, Chris Narveson and Aramis Ramirez are on the 15, Mat Gamel out for the year, Taylor Green is out, Ryan Braun has had neck spasms, Ron Roenicke was in the hospital this morning with back spasms, Doug Melvin got bit by a scorpion in spring training, and the Italian Sausage was kidnapped. Your 2013 Milwaukee Brewers, ladies and gentleman!"
Yep...that about sums up 1/2 of the Brewers problems this year. The other? The "rebuilt" bullpen. So far, it sure looks a hell of a lot like the bullpen that NEEDED to get rebuilt from 2012. Let's take a look at some VERY EARLY numbers...and grades...
The Free Agents:
Mike Gonzalez- Given up 5 hits in 2 innings (4 games). Allowed 3 ER and as i type this, just gave up the game tying (uninherited) run in Chicago. He's struk out 3 and walked 3. His WHIP is 4. Early grade: F.
Burke Badenhop: Good early...bad lately...in 3.1IP, he's allowed 3ER, 5H and allowed 1 HR. 4K's to 1BB is nice. His WHIP is 1.80, also not AWFUL. Early Grade: D
Tom Gorzelanny: Best of the FA's. Pitched in 5 games, allowed just 1H and 1ER. Struck out 4, walked 3. WHIP is .92. Early Grade: B
New youngster Alfredo Figaro was an early leader for cult hero of the team until the magic wore off in the 2nd game of the AZ series. Still, his numbers have been good in his few app's. 6IP 7H 1ER 6K 1BB 1.33WHIP. Early grade: B+
Brandon Kintzler: 5H 2ER 3K 0BB 1.67WHIP....good, but i can't get the 3 straight hits he gave up to the cubs in game 1 of the series out of my head. Early grade: B-
Jim Henderson: Your new closer. Yet to allow an earned run. 4IP 6k 0BB. Again...ZERO WALKS. .75WHIP. Early grade: A.
John Axford: Awful. He's lost it. Early grade: F.
Watching the starters lately, I have SOME faith in them...but this "rebuilt" bullpen better figure something out...or 2013 is gonna look a LOT like 2012.