Milwaukee Brewers Pitching Staff Full of Question Marks

By Devin O'Barr
Yovani Gallardo on the mound
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The Milwaukee Brewers have been fortunate to have an ace like Yovani Gallardo for the last six seasons, but they lack depth in the starting rotation this season. Gallardo has been a magician for the Brew Crew with over 30 starts, 200 strikeouts and double-digit wins each of the last four years.

In 2013, the Brewers will throw Marco Estrada in the two spot of the rotation, but he is just two years removed from pitching in 43 games out of the bullpen. Estrada made the most out of the opportunity with a 3.64 ERA in 23 starts last season and has an even bigger task in 2013. All good pitching staffs have a dynamic duo, so Estrada will be key to Milwaukee’s playoff hopes.

Mike Fiers will likely be the three starter, but depending on performance he could be slotted as the fifth starter.

After Fiers, the Brewers are looking to have a big season out of Chris Narveson who missed all but one start last season with a torn rotator cuff. Narverson is the lone lefty in this rotation, but prior to his surgery he was average at best with back-to-back seasons of an ERA north of 4.45. Either way, the Brewers will get an added boost from Narveson who has given the team 160 innings or more in two of the last three seasons.

Last but not least is Wily Peralta–here is a prospect that could be Milwaukee’s ace in the hole. Peralta turns 24 in a little over a month and has one of the liveliest arms in the rotation. He excelled in his brief time with the club last season with a 2-1 record and a 2.48 ERA in six MLB starts last season.

Gallardo remains the guy to watch in this rotation, but they have issues alongside him that should’ve been addressed this offseason.

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