Jonah Keri joined the Mike Heller Show today to talk about his article "The Rise and Fall of the Milwaukee Brewers" and how far the team really has fallen.
On how far the Brewers have fallen:
The Brewers have the smallest market in Baseball. Milwaukee is the smallest Major League city, but it’s very much a mid-revenue club. Honestly, you’ve got some pretty good fans over there getting three million fans a year. That’s pretty strong. So they are in the possibility to turn it around a little bit quicker than if you had a 40-50 million dollar payroll it can be done. But it’s got to be done shrewdly.
On Brewers lineup:
It’s not that they have a decent lineup, they might have the best lineup in the national league when all hands are on deck. The emergence of Segura and Gomez combined with Ryan Braun. We are now seeing the real Ricky Weeks. Aramis Ramirez is injury prone, but when he’s healthy he’s terrific. I love Aoki. He is a sleeper and has been that way for a while. This is a very good one through eight. Really you almost just need adequate pitching to back that up.
On trading Gallardo and Lohse:
I don’t trade Gallardo. Not because he’s my number one starter, but because I can’t imagine his trade value is going to be lower than it is right now. He’s a terrible pitcher right now. I would wait to see if his value comes back up and deal with it then. I think Lohse is your most attractive trade commodity. He is a good sinkerball pitcher and doesn’t really walk too many guys. I would be marketing him hard.