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Monday, April 30, 2007

Milwaukee Brewers Off To A Red Hot Start

By David

At 16-9, the Brewers are a top the NL Central. They have won seven out of their last ten games and are 3.5 games ahead of Pittsburgh for the Central division title.

Entering the 2007 season it was expected for the Brew Crew to be competitive, but not to lead the division at the end of April. While they are off to a tremendous start it will be key for the Brewers to continue to play well for the duration of the season. If they can acquire key players at the trade deadline there is a real possibility that Milwaukee could win the division.

With a young nucleus of hitters and a quality pitching staff the Brewers present serious problems for opposing teams. Prince Fielder, Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy headline an offense that is one of the most entertaining to watch on a consistent basis.

Milwaukee has sixteen players on their team that are 30-years of age or younger, as well as a nice compliment of veterans. They are lead by one of the superior managers in all of baseball in Ned Yost who has stayed patient with his young Brewers club and is now starting to see the dividends.

The Brewers present opposing offenses nightmares when they are able to come at you with a starting rotation that includes Jeff Suppan, Chris Capuano, Ben Sheets, Dave Bush and Claudio Vargas. Each pitcher has the ability to win at least twelve games on the season and Capuano and Suppan have already piled up four wins each through the month of April.

If you ask someone who the best closer through the first month of the season has been you will receive replies such as Joe Nathan or Francisco Rodriguez. Surprisingly, the Brewers' Francisco Cordero has been the best closer of 2007 as he is 10 for 10 on save opportunities and in 11.1 innings pitched this season he has permitted only two hits and zero runs. In my book that is amazing and his accomplishment must be recognized.

I have been a fan of the Brew Crew for several years now and I would love nothing more than for them to win the NL Central this season.


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