The Milwaukee Brewers are having a disappointing 2012 season with hopes of winning the NL Central division for a second consecutive year quickly disappearing. Even though this season is not technically over, here is a look at the predicted starting rotation for 2013.
Every part of the team struggled at some point but the starting rotation was consistently the strongest. The Brewers maintained a low earned run average among their starting five, even with those pitchers constantly changing throughout the year due to injuries and the Zack Greinke trade. Milwaukee’s lineup is basically set so management is going to have to concentrate on bolstering the bullpen as well as figure out what they are going to do with the starters.
The following is the predicted starting rotation for next season:
Yovani Gallardo is the closest thing to an ace the Brewers have and hopefully he can continue to have success next season. Gallardo has shown great stuff since being called up to the majors. There are times where he pitches so well Brewers fans believe he could be one of the best starters in all of baseball. Then he regresses with his performance making fans think he is no better than a No. 2 on a decent team. However, Gallardo showed his true colors in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks last season in which he allowed only one earned run in six innings with the season on the line. I personally believe the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old.
Shaun Marcum will be a free agent at the end of the season but if his arm is still intact then I fully expect the Brewers to bring him back for the right price. He has battled injuries on and off since spring training, which is a bit alarming, but if he can return to his 2011 form then he will be worth every penny. The Brewers need a starter who can consistently give a solid performance day in and day out. Marcum is capable of doing that even when he is getting zero run support. His season earned run average has been under four for the last four years, which is impressive. Nine out of 10 times Marcum will give the team a chance to win with him on the mound, which is exactly what Milwaukee needs.
Chris Narveson’s season ended early after undergoing surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Hopefully, Narveson can return to form and pitch well for the Brewers next season. He has shown signs of greatness in his three full seasons in Milwaukee but has also struggled with his command. If he could ever figure out how to stay consistent with his mechanics then he could be a No. 2 or No. 3 on a good baseball team. The Brewers really need Narveson to finally pan out and be the player everyone believes he can be. 2013 will be an important season for the Brewers, which means all players with expectations must perform to their highest potential.
Michael Fiers was not on anyone’s top five Brewers prospects list coming into 2012 but he has proven he can certainly play at the Major League level. Fiers may be struggling a bit as of late but that is expected of most young pitchers in their first year. However, he did have ten consecutive starts where he gave up only two runs or less, including five of those outings being shutouts. That right there is plenty of reason to put him in the starting rotation next season. If Fiers can continue his success while honing his skills and improving his mechanics, then he will have a bright future in Milwaukee for a very long time.
The Brewers could go with a prospect such as Mark Rogers for their last available spot among the starters but I believe they will bring in a free agent to pitch behind Gallardo in the rotation. Losing Greinke was a big blow as many thought he would sign an extension and remain with the ball club for years to come. Now Milwaukee must go out and find another top starter to bolster their rotation. There will be plenty of players on the market, it will just depend on who the Brewers can get for the right price.