Chicago Cubs: Brewers riding bats and a dominant bullpen to October?
If Nelson can return and pitch up to what he did last season (3.05 FIP, 10.2 K/9, 4.15 SO/BB ratio) – the Brewers will get their late season pitching addition. But, there remains no clear timetable for such a return.
The Kansas City Royals proved you can win by surviving five innings and handing things over to the bullpen a few years back. The Brewers boast one of the best pens in the league, with the third-lowest relief ERA in the NL – anchored by the likes of Corey Knebel and Josh Hader.
You might think the Brewers were moronic in not adding an arm. But, given the roster construction and the talent positionally, they might have just enough in the tank to give the Cubs a serious fight over the final two months.