How much do Brewers miss Mad Dog?

Our great Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan wrote today about former Brewers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who has helped turn around the Texas pitching staff this season. I’m not surprised to read that he’s been involved in some clubhouse pranks.

Maddux was Milwaukee’s pitching coach for six seasons before the Rangers made him an offer that he couldn’t refuse and the Brewers couldn’t or wouldn’t match. Texas was last in the American League in ERA last season but has moved up to fifth under Maddux. Meanwhile, the Brewers’ pitching has absolutely flat-lined, ranking next-to-last in the National League with a 4.90 ERA and dead last in all of Major League Baseball with a 5.32 starters’ ERA. The staff cost pitching coach Bill Castro his job in August, less than a year into his tenure.

Losing Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan to injuries certainly hurt, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether Maddux could have gotten more out of this year’s staff.

Here’s another link to T.R.’s story. 

1 Comment

Almost certainly Maddux could have gotten more out of the staff, though to be fair it would have been an open question how well he and Macha might have worked together. During the first half of the year it didn’t seem to matter too much as the Crew were winning and the pitching staff was more or less healthy. I keep wondering how much more effective Narveson, Smith, and Burns might have been if Maddux was still in the Brewers dugout….and whether Dave Weathers would need to be pulled in the middle of an inning.

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