By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on June 10, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to impress this season as they remain atop the NL Central. Nearly every single player on the team is carrying his own weight. With that being said, there are always areas in need of improvement. These are the five players the Brewers could do without in 2014 if it came down to it.
I’m a huge fan of the contract Matt Garza signed with the Brewers because the team definitely needs someone of his caliber in the starting rotation. However, Garza’s struggles this season makes one wonder if Milwaukee would be better off without him. He’s by far the weakest link of the rotation, which isn’t what the Brewers had in mind when they signed him to a lucrative long-term deal.
Lyle Overbay’s veteran presence is certainly important, but there’s no denying that the Brewers would be better served with a Kendrys Morales-Mark Reynolds combination at first base. Overbay has had his moments. Unfortunately, his production at the plate is something Milwaukee needs improved. I’m thankful Overbay is on the team, but he’s definitely someone the Brewers could do without this season, assuming they find a replacement.
Outfielder Logan Schafer continues to disappoint in the big leagues. He has all the makings of being a stellar player, but he just hasn’t found any consistency on offense. Even though he has a stellar glove, it’s his performance at the plate that matters most. I would prefer to see Milwaukee get a more productive fourth outfielder because Schafer is someone that could hurt the ball club down the stretch.
Jim Henderson hasn’t pitched since May 1. Overall, the reliever has been a huge disappointment in 2014. I understand that he has dealt with a shoulder injury since the end of April, but he wasn’t exactly putting guys away prior to that. Henderson’s velocity was down in spring training, which forced Ron Roenicke to use Francisco Rodriguez as the closer. It’s worked out well for the Brew, but Henderson has proven to be a waste of space.
The Brewers believe Wei-Chung Wang will be a beast one day. Unfortunately, that hope is currently destroying Milwaukee’s bullpen. I would hate to see Wang get sent back to the Pirates because I’m convinced he has good enough stuff to be great in the near future. The reality is the pitching staff is getting taxed because of him, which will really hurt the team in September and the postseason. The Brewers can definitely do without him this season.
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