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Projected Starting Rotation for the Milwaukee Brewers 2013 MLB Season

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Projected Starting Rotation for the Milwaukee Brewers 2013 MLB Season

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With spring training right around the corner, baseball fans around the world are getting excited for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Even though many teams have no idea what their starting rotation will look like, it is always good to speculate who will make the cut. Which five players will make up the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation in 2013?

Milwaukee’s rotation became a revolving door last season after injuries and trades plagued the team. Chris Narveson was lost for the season after only two starts due to a rotator cuff injury that forced him to undergo surgery. Shaun Marcum was another starter who missed significant time with right elbow tightness that only allowed him to make 21 starts. Zack Greinke was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in July and the Brewers released Randy Wolf in August.

These moves allowed several Milwaukee prospects to get their chance to shine in the majors. All in all, 11 players made at least one start for the Brewers in 2012. This is certainly something the team would like to change going forward as Milwaukee is confident they have a great group of men that could make up the starting five.

The 11 players combined for a 3.99 earned run average, 875 strikeouts, 291 walks and an opponent batting average of .259 in 941 1/3 innings. The 875 strikeouts were good for second in the National League, something the team must be very proud to have accomplished. However, Milwaukee would certainly like to improve in every other category.

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Yovani Gallardo

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Yovani Gallardo will continue his role as the ace of the Brewers starting rotation. He has proven to have great stuff and could be one of the top starters in all of baseball if he could consistently pitch at the high level everyone knows he is capable of doing. The soon-to-be 27-year-old has shown up in big games but has also regressed at times.

Gallardo should be entering his prime this season and could be ready to put up big numbers in 2013. He posted decent numbers last year but I am sure he would say that he wants to pitch better. The two important statistics to look at are his four consecutive seasons of 200 or more strikeouts and two years in a row of pitching more than 200 innings.

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Marco Estrada

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Marco Estrada began 2012 in the bullpen but Narveson’s injury early in the season forced the 29-year-old into the starting rotation. Estrada struggled at times last year, as he did not record his first win until Aug. 21. However, he did finish the season 5-2 and showed signs of greatness over that span.

Estrada is the perfect fit for the No. 2 spot in the rotation because he simply has more experience than the other three pitchers listed in this slideshow. The fact that he posted career highs in wins (five), ERA (3.64), WHIP (1.14), WAR (1.3), strikeouts (143) and innings (138 1/3) in a season in which he made the most starts of his career is impressive and proves why is ready to take on a leadership role.

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Michael Fiers

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Michael Fiers had a season of two tales that can be chalked up to exhaustion late in the season. At one point, Fiers started 10 straight games from June 16 to Aug. 7 in which he did not surrender more than two earned runs in a game. In five of those 10 starts, he did not allow a single run while three other games he only gave up one. Unfortunately, the dam broke as Fiers surrendered at least three earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts. One of those games he gave up eight earned runs on nine hits in two innings in a loss to the Colorado Rockies.

However, Fiers still pitched well enough for the Brewers to give him a role in the rotation this season. Obviously, fans in Milwaukee are hoping the lights out Fiers shows up this year opposed to the version of him that struggled to pitch past the fourth inning in consecutive starts. I personally believe Fiers is going to have a great season after improving his mechanics and honing his skills this winter.

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Wily Peralta

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Milwaukee’s No. 1 prospect Wily Peralta will be given a chance in the starting rotation at the beginning of the 2013 season due to his impressive showing in limited action last year. The 23-year-old Dominican Republic native went 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 23 strikeouts and 11 walks in six games last season, five of which were starts.

Peralta’s mid-90s fastball that has officially clocked out at 98 MPH gives him a weapon that many starters do not have. He also has an outstanding slider and changeup that have become better as each year passes due to him starting to gain command of his pitches. Peralta has the skill set and talent to be the NL Offensive Rookie of the Year as long as he stays consistent and does not lose control of his command. He may be the No. 4 starter in the rotation this season but he has the potential to easily become the No. 2 in the near future.

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Mark Rogers

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Mark Rogers will be the fifth member of the Brewers starting rotation and will finally get his long awaited opportunity after his impressive showing last season. Milwaukee was forced to shut Rogers down after his Aug. 31 start due to him pitching 139 innings in 2012, something he has never come close to doing. However, the Brewers saw everything they needed to in order to make the 26-year-old a member of the rotation in 2013.

Rogers went 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 14 walks in seven starts. More importantly, he was big for Milwaukee down the stretch when they were making their epic comeback in the NL Wild Card race. Also, Rogers took Greinke’s spot in the rotation and pitched very well considering whom he was replacing.

There is a chance that the Brewers might go with Narveson as their fifth starter only because all five of the men listed are right-handed pitchers and he is left-hander. However, Narveson may be better served in the bullpen, as Rogers deserves a chance in the rotation.

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