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Roenicke believes Brewers will finish strong

Roenicke believes Brewers will finish strong


ARLINGTON -- The Brewers won six of nine games through Tuesday, and though they sit at 15 games below .500, manager Ron Roenicke said he has seen a number of positives in recent weeks from his mostly-young lineup.

It may not be enough to get back to .500, but Roenicke believes his team has a strong finish coming.

"I think we can get it going," Roenicke said. "How good that is without having the veterans in there, it's hard to think we could go on runs like we did the last two years. It's not impossible, but there are some young guys who'd really have to put it together, the pitching staff would have to keep it going. They've been doing a nice job so far, so we'll see what happens."

The pitching staff, or more specifically the bullpen, has been a highlight for Milwaukee all season. Brewers relievers have a 2.88 ERA, fourth-best in the Majors behind two likely playoff teams (Atlanta and Pittsburgh) and a contender in Kansas City.

"They've been really good, and they've been used a lot," Roenicke said of his bullpen. "I tried to take care of them at the beginning and at the start of the season, our starting pitchers weren't pitching that well, so they were used a lot. They held together and really have maintained that through the whole year."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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