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Brewers 2013, 3 things that need to happen before the deadline.

by Jon Henseler


Alright so even I'm willing to admit that in terms of actually competing for a playoff spot, the 2013 Brewers season is dunzo. And now I'm actually 95% sure of it (90%)(82%). Sucks because we just got to the first day of summer and for the second season in a row we're basically hypothesizing about whether to blow it up and rebuild before the trade deadline. I still honestly think this isn't a terrible team, they just had a terrible month. Plus even in the truly AWFUL years, I can't remember this many thing going wrong in 2+ months. Corey Hart's injury, Narveson's injury, Ramirez with the knee, Braun's hand and BioGenesis story, Weeks' slump, Axford's early meltdowns, none of the Peralta/Fiers/Rogers trio turning out as of yet, our pets HEADS are falling off! So with that said, here are 3 things that I want to see before July 31:

1. Play Rickie Weeks every single day. Look, it's pretty clear Scooter is the 2nd baseman of the future. And I wanted him called up more than anyone. I've basically been tracking his every move since spring training 2012. To the point where NSA would be proud of my efforts. Stage 5 clinger city; population Jon. That being said, Rickie is hot fire right now. Batting over .400 in June. And if you have ANY hope of trading him for anything, you need to showcase him. Dwight Schrute money beets style. 

2. Start Peralta and Figaro until the end of September no matter what. Look I'd be lying if I said it isn't MILDLY concerning that we haven't turned out a single minor league pitcher besides Gallardo and Sheets in the last 15 years. And let's not forget that this was Melvin's issue in Texas. A lot of offense, no pitching. I'm not saying he needs to go, I'm just saying. With that said, Peralta has the 'stuff' and needs to be given the chance. The list of pitchers who went on to win Cy Young awards but had a few dreadful seasons first is extensive. Greinke has a year in KC where he went 5-17 with an ERA of 6. So I don't care if he gets pounded every start out, you have to give him every opportunity. Time will tell if he's a Greinke or a Parra. And I'll admit that I fall for starting pitchers QUICK. Like Ron Burgundy, 'Veronica Corningstone and I had sex and now we are in LOOOVVVEEE' style. So when Figaro threw 7 shutout in Miami I got excited. Then he came back to earth in Houston. But if a guy who throws 95-98 mph on the regular can harness it in, we have to explore it.

3. Make moves. Again, I'm not sure if this is just a bad team or a decent team that had a terrible stretch. But bottom line is, we need to get younger. We spent a long time trading prospects for guys like Sabathia and Greinke. If we're being honest, I don't think we'll be in a position to win the World Series next year. So Weeks, Hart, Ramirez, the whole bullpen and probably Aoki are up for grabs. Untouchables to me are Segura, Gomez, Lucroy, Braun, and in my heart of hearts, Gallardo. I know a lot of people want to unload him but I think his upside as a solid #2 or #3 is too great. Actually I'd like them to keep Lohse too. A lot of people are comparing him to Suppan but those people are looney tunes. The only thing those guys have in common is that we signed them and they both pitched for the Cardinals. I still think Lohse and Gallardo are good bases to start with next season. Plus we do have some minor league pitching, Hellwig, Pena, Jimmy Nelson and Taylor Jungmann on the way. But as we learned this season, even if you have 10 great pitching prospects, two, MAYBE three turn out.