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Closer Carousel: who takes the ninth for the Crew?

January 29, 2019 - 2:09 pm

Predicting how Craig Counsell will work his pitching staff can sometimes be an exercise in futility. However, it’s good to have options and, if one thing is certain, he has plenty in his bullpen. The Milwaukee Brewers broke baseball convention last season in many ways. One of those ways was their approach to the ninth inning a.k.a. a “traditional” closer. Three guys – each of them All-Stars – Corey Knebel (16), Jeremy Jeffress (15) and Josh Hader (12) hit double-digit saves in 2018. Five other guys notched a save, too. So, who should close for the Crew in 2019: Knebel? Jeffress? Hader? A combination? Brewers writer Adam McCalvy weighs the options for MLB.com.