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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Mix orange juice, muscle milk, baby powder, and soda together...what do you get?

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...the combinatino of goo poured over Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers after he hurled the team to a win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles Tuesday night.   At least, that's the recipe as per John Axford's Twitter feed.    It's Fiers' first big-league victory, coming just after he got called up from Triple-A Nashville.

It's just what the team needs as injuries mount: call-ups and spare parts have to step up if the Brewers are to remain competitive until the regulars return.   

Fiers got the call after Marco Estrado got hurt--Estrada was already holding Chris Narveson's spot in the rotation down after Narveson blew out for the season.

Narveson joins Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez on the done-for-the-year heap.  Jonathan Lucroy was a certain All-Star until he busted his hand over the weekend.  Now, he won't be back behind the dish until after the midsummer classic.

Guys like Fiers, Taylor Green, Brooks Conrad, and a bunch of other should-be Nashville Sounds are now must-be Milwaukee Brewers.   It's their turn.  It's their time.  It's a chance to earn your spot.   

It's too late to say "it's still early" when it comes to discussing the Brewers fortunes, but as GM Doug Melvin has told us, there are a lot of teams who still think they have a shot at the postseason at this point in the campaign and few are willing to make deals.   Plus, while the injury bug has been feasting on the Milwaukee roster, it's also been doing plenty of gnawing elsewhere..  Jared Weaver, Evan Longoria and Ted Lilly are among those on the DL.

No one is going to hold a bake sale so the Brewers can buy some healthy bodies, or pay their mounting HMO bill.   Baseball is a war of attrition.   It's why the season lasts 162 games, from April until October.   You got hot and cold.  You are banged up, and then healthy again, perhaps with the help of some young call-ups and unexpected free agent finds.   Baseball gives all a chance to excel and fail.

Yes, the Brewers would be better off with a healthy Narveson, Gamel and Gonzales.   They'd have a healthier chance of success with a shorter DL.   They aren't alone.   A lot of teams are scrambling and the ones who do it best will have a shot when summer ends, leaves turn and an expanded postseason format beckons.

Let's see who's up for the challenge.




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