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There is no way JBJ can be on the playoff roster.  Not if Taylor and Tellez are healthy.  Boxberger has pitched a lot this season.  He needs a few days rest once we wrap up the division.  Hader's control has been off the last couple of games too.  4 solid starters with Burnes, Woodruff, Peralta and Lauer.  Get the bullpen rested and we are ready for a deep playoff run.   

Boxberger has pitched a lot of innings

The bullpen has been so damn good itโ€™s hard to get too worked up about any of them.  Heck, guys like Cousins and Strickland have been really good and if they feature Ashby as a long relief type guy they are absolutely loaded come playoff time.

Lauer has exceeded expectations but I have to think come playoff time they rely solely on Burnes and Woodruff and Peralta to start.  Counsell will work his usual magic with out getters.  Canโ€™t wait.

Brewers really struggling on offense tonight. 2 hits over the first 7 innings.

Woodruff on the hook for another tough loss as he gives up 1 run in the first (walk, stolen base, Cards move the runner to third on a ground out, sac fly). Otherwise, 10 strikeouts, 1 run, and 2 hits. Cousins gives up another small ball run in the 8th.

Down 2-0 in the 8th but guys on 2nd and 3rd with one out now.

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The Brewers starting pitching, especially their top 3, is good enough to win any 7 game series. Their bullpen is obviously elite as well. It doesn't matter if they are playing the Dodgers or the Diamondbacks, teams are not going to put up big offensive numbers against Burnes, Woodruff, Peralta, D. Williams, and Hader. This is the most complete Brewers pitching staff in team history. Guys like Lauer and Hauser would have been #2 starters on even some of the good Brewers teams of the past, and guys like Ashby, Boxberger, and Suter have been great also. There are at least 10 good arms deep.

Against teams with crappy pitching, even mediocre offense is going to win you games with this staff. Against the Pirates, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Nationals (the bottom of the NL especially after the trade deadline), the Brewers area  cumulative 41-11. That's what good teams do, dominate teams they should. However, against everyone else, they are 50-50. They are competitive, but they are in danger of losing a lot 3-1 and 4-2 type games in the post-season because of the offense.

The offense has not been championship quality all year and it took adding Escobar and especially Adames to get it to a decent level. Yelich, Hiura, Shaw, and JBJ were supposed to be a large part of the middle of the order. They all played opening day. They are a cumulative 214-1094 at the plate. That's a 196 batting average. In some cases, their slugging percentages are around what you might have predicted their batting averages would be: Yelich (365), Bradley (265), Hiura (302), and Shaw (337). They struck out an amazing 362 times. That's 33% of the time.

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