DENVER -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and his coaches are working overtime these days to overcome the team's recent bullpen issues.
Since moving to a "closer by committee" approach when both John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez faltered in the role, Roenicke has been meeting daily with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and interim bullpen coach Lee Tunnell to devise a plan. Here's how Roenicke described those sessions:
"We talk about who is available and who is not," Roenicke said, "we talk about what we think is going to happen in the last few innings. The [middle] innings before that, we don't talk about too much because we have a lot of options for that. That we can do as the game progresses.
"But, the late innings, you have to have a plan about who you can't use early, to make sure those guys are available late. We may cover the last two innings and say, 'Hey, there's three guys who can do that tonight.' Then we match up with those guys.
"There's a lot more complication. It's completely different from last year; there was no thinking on our part when it concerned the eighth and ninth inning."
Tunnell has offered a fresh look at the Brewers' bullpen options, though Roenicke again avoided placing blame on former bullpen coach Stan Kyles, who was dismissed July 30.
"Like I've told you, I'm to blame as much as anybody else," Roenicke said.