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Ramie Makhlouf




Questions stacking high for Brewers

We're just about a quarter of the way through another baseball season and the way the Brewers have played, we're already forced to try and figure out how the Brewers can work their way back into the playoff picture.  The problem is the "ifs" are stacking up, starting with the offensive struggles.
  • IF Rickie Weeks figures it out and...
  • IF Guys like Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart can just live up to the back of their baseball cards and...
  • IF Jonathan Lucroy can be this good for an entire season and...
  • IF Ryan Braun can stay healthy...
...then the offense will be fixed and carry this team to some wins.  The pitching staff has definitely improved, but will only be good enough to make the playoffs...
  • IF Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke continue to be as good as they've been in recent weeks and...
  • IF Shaun Marcum stays as good and as consistent as he has been and not suffer another late-season collapse and...
  • IF Randy Wolf hasn't just hit the wall at the age of 36 and can figure it out and...
  • IF Marco Estrada (or someone else?) can step up and perform in the absence of Chris Narveson and...
  • IF those starters not only perform, but also are able to eat up some innings, the bullpen could get a breather and possibly return to their form of late 2011.
And all of this will only matter...
  • IF the injury bug doesn't bite the Brewers again in a big way and...
  • IF the Brewers can do all (or at least most) of these things in a timely fashion to inch their way back into the picture soon enough to convince Doug Melvin it would be worth it to be a buyer and not a seller at the trade deadline.
Because even IF the Brewers are able to answer all those questions, they're gonna need some help from outside; a power-hitting first-baseman, a shortstop, a powerful bat off the bench, and potentially some more pitching help.  I know every team has question marks, even good ones, and I'm not saying it's impossible for the Brewers to work their way into the post-season.  They actually had a lot of the same questions and answered them last year, but that was an unlikely and remarkable turnaround and IF you expect that every year, you may be sorely dissapointed.


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05/22/2012 6:29PM
Questions stacking high for Brewers
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