"It was a tough call. We went back and forth on it. Obviously, we're taking a little bit of a chance."
To be honest, the decision doesn't really bother me. Sure Narveson showed that Stetter is the only reliable lefty reliever in the pen (Narveson earned a rotation spot, so I'm not really knocking the guy) and having three lefties was a nice luxury, but Stetter won't be available to mop up the 3-6 innings after Suppan and Davis fail to work through the second.
Villanueva is only important to this team as a "holy shit we are f'd" option. Going into this season, Villanueva really was only going to get important innings if Hoffman, Hawkins and Coffey were unavailable. Early results are in...Villy may have just gotten important. The problem comes in when you look at just how important he is. Having a 4th right handed option in the bullpen is the hallmark of a team with a mediocre-to-shitty bullpen. Having a LOOGY is indicative of an extremely strong pen with versatile and dependable arms. Keeping a player who at best will pitch an out or two per game and can face a minority of opposing batters is a huge luxury. Lets face it, the Brewers don't have that luxury.
The Brewers find themselves in a spot where they need guys who can sop up innings when 40% of the rotation is hopelessly worthless. Villanueva fits that role perfectly.
To me this is confirmation that the Brewers aren't playing for the playoffs, they are playing the 2010 season to avoid humiliation.