|Francisco Rodriguez is no longer the Brewers' closer. (Getty Images)|
No, the Brewers don't have a closer.
I suppose we know that in terms of the 2012 performances of John Axford and his recent successor, Francisco Rodriguez. But now we know it in the tactical sense. That's because Milwaukee skipper Ron Roenicke has decided to go with a committee approach to protect future ninth-inning leads.
Roenicke's decision comes after watching his bullpen blow three consecutive late-inning leads to the Phillies earlier this week. As well, seven times this year the Brewers have blown a ninth-inning edge. "We're going to go with whatever we see in the game and who fits that slot," Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. "Unfortunately, it's come to that. I'd rather have a set bullpen. But we're going to match up and see how we do that way."
Complicating the plan is the fact that the Brewers don't have a single reliever on the active roster with a 2012 ERA under 4.00.