Milwaukee Brewers: Picking the All-Decade Team of the 2010s

Matt Carroll
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat against the Washington Nationals during the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat against the Washington Nationals during the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 15: John Axford #59 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 15, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 15: John Axford #59 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 15, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

2010 John Axford (1.6 fWAR)

You would think that The Ax Man’s stellar 2011 campaign in which he led the league in saves is what would’ve landed him on this team. His 2010 season, however, just barely edged it out in terms of fWAR.

Axford emerged as a dominant option out of the bullpen that year, eventually taking over for the struggling Trevor Hoffman and compiling 24 saves. In 50 games, he put together an 8-2 record as well as a 1.19 WHIP and 2.48 ERA buoyed by a stellar 2.13 FIP and a 11.8 K/9.

2015 Will Smith (1.3 fWAR)

Smith and his “slider of death” terrified hitters for two and a half years in Milwaukee and his 2015 season was his best. He was the ultimate late-inning weapon as only four of his 76 appearances took place before the 7th inning.

Smith put together a 7-2 record in relief while leading the team with his 76 games pitched. He also led the qualified pitchers on the team in ERA (2.70), FIP (2.47), and K/9 (12.9).

2014 Zach Duke (1.3 fWAR)

Duke only spent one year in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform, but what a year it was. The lefty finished the year with a 5-1 record out of the pen, a 2.45 ERA, and a 1.125 WHIP.

Duke also finished the year with the best FIP (2.14) and K/9 (11.4) marks of his career. At one point that season, Duke went a stretch of 25 games (20 2/3 IP) where he gave up just one run.

2013 Brandon Kintzler (1.2 fWAR)

The Milwaukee bullpen was not a pretty sight in 2013 as just one reliever finished with a fWAR over 0.3. That man was Brandon Kintzler who had the highest fWAR of his career that year.

The right-hander was second among qualified Brewer pitchers with a 2.69 ERA and led them all with a 2.54 FIP and 1.065 WHIP. Though he was second on the team in games pitched with 71, he gave up a miniscule two home runs and 16 walks in 77 total innings pitched.

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So there you have it, the Reviewing the Brew All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Hopefully, by the end of this next decade, we’ll have an even better team to create!

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