2020 Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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On Monday, July 6th, Major League Baseball released the schedule for all 30 of teams. Let’s preview what the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers could conceivably look like this season.

Milwaukee, while perennially playing strong against much of their own division, has not managed to forge their way into many postseason berths. The shortened 2020 season, along with a different playoff formula for this year, may be the key for the Brew Crew to make a deep playoff push. More on this in a bit.

Off-Season acquisitions

Generally speaking, not big offseason spenders, much of the Brewers talent comes from within. This year they added some infield depth in the form of Justin Smoak (1B), Jedd Gyorko (INF), and Eric Sogard (2B, SS) who returned to the team this season. He was recently with the team in 2017 and 2018.

Gyorko, and Smoak average 23 and 25 HR a year respectively. Sogard, known more as a defensive player, adds another nine a year. You have to remember that this is not a complete season, so we will see how they perform.

Look at the guys coming back.

Milwaukee has an All-Star caliber outfield. Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, and Christian Yelich are tremendously talented players. Between them they average 12 HR, 63 RBI; 32 HR-106 RBI; and 24 HR, 88 RBI respectively over a 162 game season.

The starting rotation has a couple of possibilities to start the year. Brandon Woodruff, Adrian Houser, Brett Anderson, Josh Lindblom, and Eric Lauer look to be the favorites. However, Brent Suter, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta are possibilities. That being said, they all should play a role in Milwaukee’s success in 2020. Add in the young, filthy, phenom closer Josh Hader, and the Brewers look to have a solid team this year.

Postseason struggles

Milwaukee, while playing tough in their division from year to year, has not been able to put themselves in the postseason conversation. When you think MLB playoffs, do you think Milwaukee Brewers? No you don’t. However, the team is coming off of two consecutive seasons of postseason play.

Milwaukee was established in 1969 (Seattle Pilots), as a member of the American League. After just a season in Seattle, they moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became known as the Brewers, While in the AL they won one Division Crown, (1982) as they defeated the California Angels earning the AL Pennant for the season. However, the Crew would lose in the World Series to St. Louis in seven games.

In 1998, they switched to the National League where they would compete in the Central Division. In 2008, they won the Wild Card, but couldn’t get past the Philadelphia Phillies. They won their second Division title in 2011, (first in the NL), but lost to St. Louis in six games in the League Championship Series. The Brewers won the Central again in 2018, but lost to the Dodgers in the LCS in seven games. In 2019, they earned a Wild Card berth, but lost to the Washington Nationals in that game.

In Conclusion.

The Milwaukee Brewers have earned themselves two Wild Card berths, three division titles, and one pennant. After making the playoffs in the past two seasons, their luck could be changing. I look for them to have a strong season and turn it around.

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