Analysis: Brewers' second half 'day-to-day approach' after unpredictably bad first half
BREWERS -Milwaukee Brewers Yovani Gallardo wipes off sweat after getting out a a scoreless 1st inning as Milwaukee Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on Monday April 1, 2013. Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Photo: Image by Mike De Sisti
MILWAUKEE - Questions abound about the Milwaukee Brewers' future after the first months of a subpar 2013 season have passed by.
"It's just a day-by-day approach when they're that far out," said Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer and 620WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"We'll see what they're able to do in the second half."
Much of what the Brewers have to consider include various trade possibilities, including reported possible trades with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers.
"Will they trade some of their relievers? Will somebody bowl them over enough to pick up (starting pitcher Kyle) Lohse or (Yovani) Gallardo? Will someone pick up (right fielder Norichika) Aoki?"
All that follows a first half where a Brewers team thought to be a possible darkhorse for a wildcard berth has fallen on incredibly hard times, including the worst full month by winning percentage in franchise history.
"18 games under .500, I'm not sure anybody even outside of Milwaukee was predicting that," said Haudricourt.
"Not many things have gone right for them. It started with bad starting pitching. That dug a big hole. Then, the lineup just fell apart, person by person. They've never had Corey Hart all year, and Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez have kind of been in and out. Scoring runs became a chore.
The good news for the Brewers has come from three main areas, according to Haudricourt: "The bullpen as far as season-long (excellence), and then the play of (All-Stars Carlos) Gomez and (Jean) Segura."
The last: the suddenly dominating pitching of young Wily Peralta.
"Finally, people are seeing all the fuss is about with Wily Peralta. He was so frustrating early in the season with a lot of inconsistency. Now, three really good (outings) in a row," explained Haudricourt.
"One run in his last 21-plus innings. He has the complete game in there. They feel good about him. They have a rotation with Lohse, Gallardo and Peralta going forward, they just need to fill from the back end."