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What the Competition is Doing: Brewers Edition

We've all been focused on what the Pirates are doing. Fair enough. But what the competition has been doing matters a lot, and that has gotten far less attention. Here are the standings at the end of the year. The focus is on the Brewers, so notice how they outperformed the Bucs. They scored a lot more runs and gave up a lot more.

Team Won Lost RS RA
Reds 97 65 669 588
Cards 88 74 765 648
Brewers 83 79 776 733
Pirates 79 83 651 674
Cubs 61 101 613 759

Not surprisingly, the Brewers sought to upgrade their pitching. Surprisingly, the prime strategy for doing so was to add former Pirate pitchers. Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny were their two big signings so far. Both are competent, and the Brewers' bullpen was arguably the worst in baseball last year. Mike Axisa's analysis suggests that there are a lot of wild cards in the mix.

The Brewers had a number of major injuries last year, and young players stepped up to keep them in contention. Notable among them were starting pitchers Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers, and Wiley Peralta. All pitched better in Milwaukee than they did in Nashville. Fluke? Hidden nuggets? You tell me.

Brewers

Player

Type

Years

Value

Date

Cole Garner

Minor

01/04/2013

Mike Gonzalez

Signed

1

$2.250

12/28/2012

Jim Hoey

Minor

12/22/2012

Tom Gorzelanny

Signed

2

$5.700

12/21/2012

Alfredo Figaro

Minor

12/19/2012

Donnie Murphy

Minor

12/17/2012

Travis Webb

Minor

12/07/2012

Reed Johnson

Signed

1

$1.750

12/06/2012

Burke Badenhop

Trade

12/01/2012

Zach Kroenke

Minor

11/17/2012

Eulogio de la Cruz

Minor

11/16/2012

Blake Lalli

Minor

11/14/2012

Michael Olmsted

Minor

11/04/2012

Arcenio Leon

Waiver

11/02/2012

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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