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02-15-2013, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by MurrayBannerman View Post
I doubt the ability of Mike Fiers to repeat what he did and they also don't have the benefit of Greinke and Marcum for a half season. On top of that, there's the potential threat of losing Braun for 50 games, which would basically harpoon their season.

The only team other than the Brewers that could be argued got worse is St. Louis and I'm not sure I buy that at all. Plus you do lose those extra wins against Houston.
So you don't think Fiers can put up a 3.74 ERA over a full season despite having a 3.09 FIP and 3.47 xFIP? Yes they don't have Greinke or Marcum but they also went on a huge run without those two. Why can't they do that again?

And where's this threat of Braun being suspended? Because his name showed up on a sheet of paper? Until there's something that's a little more concrete than that MLB has no grounds to suspend him.

The Brewers only went 9-8 against the Astros last year. I haven't checked but that's probably worst in the division against them other than maybe the Cubs.

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