MILWAUKEE With just 40 games left in the 2012 season, we're about at the time where fingers are pointed, scapegoats are made, and blame is passed as fans question what could have been.
What if the bullpen hadn't struggled so much? What if the Brewers had uncovered Mike Fiers earlier? What if injuries hadn't ravaged the clubhouse in May?
Then there's an even bigger, more controversial, question: Would Prince Fielder have made a difference if he had remained in Milwaukee instead of leaving for Detroit at the end of last season?
It's a question that's remained dormant for the majority of 2012, as it has become increasingly clear that no one player could replace the offensive skills Fielder brought to the table. At least that's the answer anyone in the Brewers' organization will give when asked about it.
But the question persists. Would Fielder have made much of a difference in this year's disappointing season?
Statistically, the answer while tough to fully prove is no. Not to ...