• After taking a look at the Cubs and voicing a few concerns, it’s time to head north and check out the Milwaukee Brewers. While there’s been some coaching and player changes, the Brewers are in pretty good shape for the 2012 season.


    Few teams can compete with the Brewers’ starting duo of Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke. Their bullpen also brings depth with John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez.

    Starter Shaun Marcum is again not having a good spring with a sore right shoulder. He doesn’t want talk about it until after his first start which is scheduled for Saturday, March 10.

    This doesn’t sound good and now Ron Roenicke will look to Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers and Wily Peralt for possible help.

    Roenicke recently said, “…if something happens during the season, that’s who we’re looking at. Now, things always change. You saw that with Estrada last year — we didn’t bring him into camp, we had a need, he comes over and pitches for us and all of a sudden he’s our guy.

    The Old…The Brewers dodged a big bullet with recent good news for MVP Ryan Braun. Unfortunately his spring has been off to a rough start with two hitless games. Braun does not appear to be concerned and usually starts off slowly in the spring.

    Right fielder Corey Hart will also get off to a slow start after undergoing surgery on Tuesday for torn cartilage in his right knee. His recovery is expected to take 3-4 weeks.

    Rickie Weeks is a strong second basemen offensively and is also on the mend with a tight shoulder.

    The New…Former Cub Aramis Ramirez takes over at third base. While on the Cubs, he was a good hitter with a low maintenance presence. Ramirez does come with high expectations and will enter the season at 34-years-old. He also brings a history of injuries.

    New first baseman Mat Gamel is also looking like a good addition. He has tough shoes to fill from Prince Fielder but he has no intention of doing so. Really, no one can. This is his first gig in the big leagues and he has a good opportunity to prove himself.

    Travis Ishikawa could give Gamel a run for his money in a starting role but he will also take a stab at an outfield role. Either way, the experienced Ishikawa may find a new home should he have a good spring.

    And on a final addition, the Brewers picked up short stop Alex Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves. He’ll be a good defensive addition.

    Here’s projected starting lineup for now.

    2B- Rickie Weeks

    CF – Nyjer Morgan

    LF – Ryan Braun

    RF – Corey Hart

    1B – Mat Gamel

    SS – Alex Gonzalez

    C – Jonathan Lucroy

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    • Ryan

      You might want to check that line up again…Alex Rodriguez? No ARam?

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