Brewers’ Season Preview

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The temperatures outside are getting warmer, the snow is melted, and more and more birds are making their way back. That can only mean one thing. Well, two things. Spring is here and baseball is finally back! Rejoice Brewers fans. With some of the off-season acquisitions the team made, every fan should be really excited. It also helps that the team is looking very strong so far in spring training games. Knock on wood. Let’s take a look on why this could be one of the best seasons of Milwaukee baseball.

All of us here at Wisconsin Sports Heroics are excited for the season to get started. Our Brewers’ writers make their season predictions here.

Derick Dahlby (@derick_dahlby)

I think the Brewers are in for a great season. Much similar to 2018. I think they will go deep into the NL Postseason and will be winners of the NL Central. Here are my final predictions.

Final Record: 88-74

HR Leader: Christian Yelich

AVG Leader: Christian Yelich

RBI Leader: Keston Hiura

Pitcher Wins: Corbin Burnes

Lowest ERA: Brandon Woodruff

Pitcher Strikeouts: Freddy Peralta

Total All-Stars: Four (Woodruff, Williams, Hader, and Yelich)

Corey Kempf (@chilidogsunday)

The 2020 season should serve as launching point for how we predict how 2021 will go. I believe we saw the Brewers’ floor last year, with a solid pitching staff propping up an anemic offense that saw almost every hitter slump through the 60-game season.

The pitching should be similarly good, and we should expect a return to normalcy for this offense. Christian Yelich looks like himself again, which will immediately boost the entire team. I’d be shocked if Avisaíl García and Omar Narváez are unable to rebound from their subpar 2020s.

I also really like the moves the team made this offseason. Signing Kolten Wong, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Travis Shaw provided the Brewers depth the team was lacking last season.

I have them penciled in for a Wild Card spot, falling just short of an NL Central title to the Cardinals. Getting further will be tough, since they’ll likely be facing whichever team finishes second between the Dodgers and Padres. However, this team has absolutely has the potential to avoid that scenario altogether by winning the division outright.

Record: 88-74

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Four (Burnes, Williams, Woodruff, Yelich)

Michael Regan (@MikeRegan09)

I’m the eternally optimistic fan that always believes their team is winning it all no matter the circumstances. With that said, I really like what the Brewers have going this year.

The starting staff is led by two potential aces in Woodruff and Burnes. Peralta is a strong candidate for a Burnes-like bounce back. Adrian Houser is lurking in the background as the forgotten man after a somewhat disappointing 2020. Both Brett Anderson and Josh Lindblom should provide some nice depth at the end of the rotation.

Hader and Williams are as formidable of a closing one-two punch as any, and Craig Counsell has never seen a bullpen that he can’t get the absolute most out of.

The offense couldn’t be worse than it was last year, and Yelich, Hiura, García and Narváez are all likely headed for much improved production. Throw in the return of Lorenzo Cain and the additions of Wong, Bradley Jr, and Shaw, and this is an offense that could be dangerous instead of simply being out there because you can’t just play the defensive half of an inning. Cain, Wong, and Bradley Jr should bolster the defense as well.

This is the golden era of Brewers baseball, and this is a team capable of making some history if things go their way.

Final Record: 93-69

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Five (Hiura, Yelich, Woodruff, Williams, Hader)

John Egan (@BrewersRaptor, @johnegancomedy if ya nasty)

This Milwaukee Brewers team is fun.

We forget that. The Brewers are a fun team. The 2020 season was weird and we should just throw it in the trash. It was a shortened season without fans. The Brewers do well with fans. Players like Corbin Burnes and Devin Williams emerged. The offense was terrible. That will not happen again this year.

I think the Brewers will be second in the NL Central and claim a Wild Card spot. I also believe they will make it to the NLCS. Will they lose another heartbreaking series against the Dodgers? Probably. This team is fun, full of talent and even more potential.

Christian Yelich will be the NL 2021 MVP. The Brewers will also have the best bullpen in baseball. This team can take the Central, but the St. Louis Cardinals are sadly still around and just always compete. If anything, we get to have a full season of baseball again with fans. And hopefully come playoffs time, we can pack American Family Field (Am Fam Clam).

Record: 89-73

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Hiura

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Three (Yelich, Wong, Burnes)

Alyssa Brooks (@alyssa_brooks20)

The Milwaukee Brewers will find a way to win games much like their 2018 squad. I start every season feeling highly optimistic. This year I’m feeling more optimistic because of the club’s offseason acquisitions and hardworking players that improve minor mechanical aspects of their pitches or swings.

Prediction: The Brewers will have one of the best bullpens in the league. With young bullpen guys like Drew Rasmussen emerging, the one-two punch of Josh Hader and Devin Williams, and the guys who just get it done, Brent Suter and J.P. Feyereisen; the Brewers bullpen will be sneaky good.

Record: 91-71

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Wong

RBI Leader: Hiura

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Peralta

Total All-Stars: Five (Yelich, Hiura, Williams, Woodruff, Burnes) I not-so-secretly want Drew Rasmussen to be an All-Star this year too.

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff (53) throws the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of an opening day baseball game Friday, July, 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff (53) throws the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of an opening day baseball game Friday, July, 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Sam Strash (@sam_uel27)

The ceiling of this Brewers team is ridiculously high this year.

Historically, the organization has been able to develop pitching at an extremely efficient level, especially the bullpen. Of course, many people recognize the names of Josh Hader and Devin Williams, but it’s the names people do not immediately recognize that could make the biggest impact this season. Pitchers like Drew Rasmussen and Justin Topa could easily influence the success of the team in a full, 162-game slate.

Along with the ‘pen, the starting rotation looks to be in top shape for Opening Day. Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes are both players who can make runs at the NL Cy Young Award this season, and with a back end of the rotation filled by “Fastball” Freddy Peralta, Brett Anderson, and Adrian Houser, opposing offenses beware!

As for the hitters, everyone knows that the Brewers had a very bad season hitting the ball last year. At the same time, the entire offense is not going to struggle that poorly for a second consecutive season. I expect the stellar outfield on the team to carry the load this season offensively (especially Christian Yelich, who is most definitely not going to hit nearly below .200 again), while Keston Hiura and Kolten Wong help from the infield.

In a division that is completely up for grabs, the Brewers have arguably the best odds to take the cake.

Record: 92-70

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Williams

Pitcher strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Four (Burnes, Williams, Wong, Yelich)

Tyler Koerth (@tylerkoerth)

The Brewers have managed to put together another team that on paper should be able to contend for the division title.  The core of the Brewers managed to stay intact this off-season and then they went out and added two gold golvers in 2B Kolton Wong and OF Jackie Bradley Jr.

The odds of the offense being dreadful again are slim.  Combine this with the lethal 1-2 punch of Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and the already well established bullpen, this team has a very high ceiling.

Record: 91-71

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Peralta

Lowest ERA: Hader

Pitcher strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Three (Hader, Williams, Yelich)

Freddy Peralta delivers a pitch in Spring Training. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Freddy Peralta delivers a pitch in Spring Training. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

Sean Ivory (@Hadershair)

Spring training has been a blast this year. The Crew have shown some great offensive spirit and gotten great wins against some strong teams, including a full strength Dodgers team. That has shown we should not fear anybody this season. Some big name signings in Wong and Jackie Bradley Jr has bolstered our defense and the return of LoCain has complemented this. We look fit, we look hungry, we look ready.

I predict we win the NL Central and make the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

Record: 90-72

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Garcia

Pitcher Wins: Burnes

Lowest ERA: Woodruff

Pitcher strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Four (Burnes, Wong, Hader, Yelich)

Wendi Hansen (@wendiloohoo3)

I’m excited about this crew, guys. Like, really, really excited. And yes, I may definitely, 100% say that before each new season begins, but this year it just feels…different.

To start, we’re coming off of a weird season in more ways than one. We’re hungry to play, to win, to capture that fun again. Which are all things that have already been very apparent in Spring Training.

Our very own MVP Christian Yelich is looking more and more like himself which is great to see. In addition to bringing back some old familiar favorites (hey, Cain and Piña!), we also made some major moves this offseason. Signing Kolten Wong, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Travis Shaw gave us some offensive and defensive depth that is sure to carry us far into the regular (and postseason).

The forever optimist, I have the Brewers taking the NL Central over the favored Cardinals and Reds. October baseball never felt so sweet.

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Hiura

Pitcher Wins: Burnes

Lowest ERA: Woodruff

Pitcher Strikeouts: Peralta

Total All-Stars: Four (Wong, Williams, Burnes, and Yelich)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 13: Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Wrigley Field on August 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Adam Dewane (@AdamDewane)

The 2021 Brewers season is finally here, with much anticipation and, for the first time in a long time, without Ryan Braun. I think 2021, like 2020, will be unique. Organizational depth will be tested like never before.

I think the Brewers are in position to have that play to their strength. With Woodruff and Burnes anchoring the rotation and Williams and Hader anchoring the bullpen, there is no better four-man group in the majors than that.

Position player-wise, the additions of Wong and JBJ have added depth, and I think we are in a great position. Look for Yelich to come out of the gates hot and return to MVP form.

Final Record: 91-71

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Burnes

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Four (Burnes, Yelich, Hader, Williams)

Spencer Gregerson (@spengreg)

The Brewers are primed for a comeback in 2021 after a lackluster performance in the shortened 2020 season. The pitching staff in Milwaukee is led by Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes, who I believe, will be in the Cy Young conversation come September. Devin Williams and Josh Hader are another pitching duo that rivals to be one of the best bullpen 1-2 punches in the league.

Along with the return of Lorenzo Cain, the Crew added gold glove winner Kolten Wong and are looking for bounce back years from Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura.

I look for the Brewers to win the NL Central with 92 wins and make a deep run in October.

Record: 92-70

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Wong

RBI Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Woodruff

Lowest ERA: Burnes

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

Total All-Stars: Four (Burnes, Williams, Wong, Yelich)

Devin Williams pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in the 2020 season. (Photo by Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

Sarah (@sarahspooon)

The 2020 Brewers were… disappointing, but just watching the 2021 group in spring training, I have good faith in the team. They have improved drastically!

Christian Yelich will get 2021 MVP. I’m confident he’s in his prime again. This year is going to be great. Even if the ballpark has a new name (that I’m not too fond of), I am manifesting a World Series ring for the crew.

Record: 93-69

HR Leader: Yelich

AVG Leader: Wong

RBI Leader: Arcia

Lowest ERA: Williams

Pitcher Strikeouts: Woodruff or Burnes

All Stars: Five (Yelich, Woodruff, Williams, Wong, Burnes)

Corey Green (@greenandold)

Power from left field and first base, defense up the middle, a top end starting pitcher and a guy to close the door at the end. It’s an easier-said-than-done way to build a baseball team, but it’s exactly how the Brewers are built.

While they should entrench themselves in the top half of the NL Central early in the season, they might not spend a lot of time in first place. That is, until Craig-tember. It’s going to happen again. The schedule makers did what they could to stop it by loading the month with series against the Cardinals, Mets, and Dodgers, but it won’t be enough to stop the Brewers from taking the division.

Record: 94-68

HR Leader: Yelich

Avg. Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Hiura

Pitcher Wins: Burnes

Lowest Era: Williams

Pitcher Strikeouts: Burnes

All Stars: Three (Yelich, Narvaez, Hader)

Jordan John Hahn (@hahnjordan)

With the addition of Wong at second base and keeping Hiura in the line up everyday, I’d say the brewers have a solid right side of the infield. The left side of the infield and the outfield are the two outliers on this team. A couple of platoon options and depth could help this team down the stretch along with a strong starting lineup on paper. Look for the back end of the bullpen to be the biggest strength of this team.

Record: 84-78

HR Leader: Yelich

RBI Leader: Hiura

AVG Leader: Yelich

Pitcher Wins: Houser

Strikeout Leader: Peralta

ERA (Starter): Woodruff; (Bullpen): Williams

Total All-Stars: Three (Hiura, Williams, Yelich)

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