MILWAUKEE It's that time of year again. Every team has some kind of hope on Opening Day, as the pundits try to decipher which fan bases are delusional in thinking their team is a contender.
Can the Milwaukee Brewers make another run at the postseason? They'll only go as far as their pitchers take them.
The Brewers finished just five games back of the final Wild Card spot in 2012 despite a bullpen that blew 29 saves and had the highest ERA in baseball. Revamped with the majority of last season's key pieces elsewhere, general manager Doug Melvin is hoping he added the right arms for a turnaround.
Gone are the likes of Francisco Rodriguez, Kameron Loe, Jose Veras, Manny Parra and Tim Dillard. Newcomers Tom Gorzelanny, Burke Badenhop and Michael Gonzalez are all proven arms and should help Milwaukee's bullpen bounce back and provide increased flexibility.
The bullpen won't revert back to the form it showed in 2011 unless the man at the backend does so himself. John Axford was one o...