We chose only two relievers for our staff because, well, their relievers. We figured no one else really cared about ’em so why should we?
I kid, of course. Relief pitching is one of the most important – and overlooked – aspects of the game. If you don’t believe that, name a time you didn’t swear at one of our bullpen guys last season. One guarantee I can make for you is that the lucky two we chose come with a lifetime no-swear warranty. They are the best in Brewers history.
Bill Castro (1974-1980)
Bill was everything you could ask for in a reliever – he was smart, he went after hitters, he rarely backed down, and best of all – he was damn good at his job. He had a career WHIP of 1.27 in Milwaukee and his Runs Above Replacement (the number of runs he essentially save Milwaukee) is 75 for his career. Talk about relief.
No question that Bill is one of the best relief pitchers this organization has ever had. Castro made 253 appearances out of the bullpen at Milwaukee County Stadium. In 7 seasons, he posted a 2.96 ERA, 44 saves, and over 400 innings of work. If I am the skipper, I have no problem putting the ball in Bill’s hand. You give me one out, bases loaded, and a fatigued starting pitcher…It’s Billy time