Narveson deserves a chance to start for Brewers

While much has been written lately of Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin looking at free agent starters and other starters via trade and, theoretically, Rule V, fill-in starter Chris Narveson put up impressive numbers in ’09 and should be in the mix for a ’10 starter slot. Narveson, who turns 28 in December, went 2-0, 3.83 in 21 games and 47 IP for the Brewers in 2009. But that only tells part of the story…Narveson had 46 K’s to just 16 BB’s in ’09, resulting in a K/9 of 8.8. His overall WHIP was a rather unspectacular 1.30…but did better against right-handed hitters (.289 OPA, 1.19 WHIP), of which there are more of in the league. Narveson made 4 starts last year–at Arizona, home against Houston and Chicago, and at Colorado–a small sample but a bit representative of the league. In these starts, Narveson went 1-0, with a 3.38 ERA, and had 19 K’s over 18.67 IP–better than 1K/IP. Narveson will likely start 2010 in the bullpen or in AAA…but should be given a serious look in Maryvale, as well as be the proverbial “ace in the hole” should a starter go on the DL during the season.

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