It was a painfully slow start in 2012 for the Brewers' starting rotation, as all five hurlers struggled to find a rhythm. But with those days seemingly long gone, Milwaukee's starters haven't lost a game since June 9.
So why aren't the Brewers making the same headway in the division race that they did last season? For one, during that 13-game span without a starter-induced loss, the Brewers are just 6-7. That means seven losses have come at the hands of Milwaukee relievers.
And on Sunday afternoon, it was more of the same for the Brewers' pitching staff. Young right-hander Michael Fiers tossed 7-13 shutout innings with seven strikeouts, dominating the White Sox and allowing just five hits, two of which came in the seventh.
But even after Fiers' picture-perfect start and an impressive two-out stint from Francisco Rodriguez, in which the reliever struck out two straight batters with two runners in scoring position, the Brewers couldn't make the minor moves to give their struggling ...