"Not really," said Turnbow. "There's a little bit of similarity. The difference is I struggled the whole season there. Here, it's just been the second half."
"It's kind of weird. I was being very successful with the way I was pitching before. I think what got me in trouble was I always wanted to do something different. Now I've learned that what I was doing was good enough. Maybe I was at my best and that was as good as it gets, and it was good enough."
Turnbow hasn't pitched since, and it remains to be seen whether Yost will use him on the Brewers' season-ending trip to Chicago and St. Louis. Some of the pain of his collapse has been eased by the tremendous work of Cordero, who is 16 for 16 in save opportunities, but Turnbow signed a three-year deal in April and both he and the club are hoping a winter of rest and relaxation will prove therapeutic.
Turnbow only hopes to make it a difficult decision for Yost and his staff.
"If I'm pitching well next year and ready to go, I'd like to be the closer," said Turnbow, an affable, fun-loving sort who has the entire clubhouse pulling for him. "I hope I've done enough up here to get another chance. We'll see what happens."
The more welcome scenario is that Turnbow could make it all the way back, creating one heck of a set-up corps around Cordero. Matt Wise will be back and healthy and Jose Capellan ought to make another stride in the direction of consistency. Throw in a decent waiver-wire find (maybe Chris Spurling, or maybe not) a lefty (maybe Brian Shouse, and maybe not, a long man (maybe Rick Helling, maybe...you get the idea) and you've got yourself a very solid bullpen.
It's great that Derrick has the support of his teammates, but it's even better than Coco Cordero's arrival makes him less important to the team. I want Derrick to return to form as much as anybody, but we've been made all too aware of just how much Ned Yost will delude himself when it comes to his core players.