now we are hitting al's wheel-house.
(3/26/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Something most casuals will overlook...I believe your top five SP's average about 120 starts a season, leaving 40 starts for your 6th and lower SP's. As I said earlier, I'd put the Brewers #6-10 SP's up against anyone's. Also, they're #1-2 SP's are probably top five in the past two years, and certainly top ten projected in 2013. Obviously, #3-5 are the unknowns here, but the potential is certainly there. And, with the #6-10 arms being so solid, the leash will be a bit shorter than in the past, when the alternatives were, at best, risky.
That also holds true for the bullpen, as all but Gonzalez and Gorzelanny have options (and Tom G might, though unlikely to be used, as is also the case for Axford and Badenhop). For example, let's say Peralta struggles or is sent down to begin the season...he could be a valuable addition should someone in the rotation or bullpen falter.
Lotsa words. Lotsa words. The game makes way more sense to me now.