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Melvin: 'Not a believer' in immediate, small changes, but Brewers' performance must change
Doug Melvin. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - "We've got to start playing better baseball," said Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
That demand seems obvious considering the Brewers' current 4-16 record for the month of May, but Melvin says that the way to create better baseball isn't to necessarily make a bunch of immediate changes in roster, coaching or lineups.
"I'm not a big believer in a little change here or there. There's too many parts to a team that have to perform in that regard...the individuals on the roster have to understand that they have to play better. At some point, if they don't, and it continues, you have to make changes."
Melvin says that because, in his belief, too many areas of the Brewers' game are failing to truly pinpoint just one quickly solvable problem.
"When you lose, you lose with all different parts of the ballclub," said Melvin.
"We've had 11 games where we've scored one run or no runs. The offense can be guilty. Our starting pitching is guilty of not performing. The bullpen earlier on in the year was not performing. They got straightened out, was pitching extremely well. Now, we need timely hitting...and avoiding the (other team's) big inning."
Melvin says he meets daily with manager Ron Roenicke to consider issues the team faces when they're not playing well.
"Ron knows, the coaching staff know and I'm hoping the players know it's time to play better baseball."