Assessing the Milwaukee Brewers Playoff Outlook

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The 2021 Milwaukee Brewers are going to be an interesting team to keep an eye on this upcoming MLB season. What is the Brewers’ playoff outlook going into 2021? The team just barely made the playoff while being below .500 last year, where they lost in the first round.

The team is just a few seasons removed from being a world series contender. In 2018 the team made it all the way to the National League Championship Series, where they fell to the Dodgers in seven games.

Their star player Christian Yelich was voted MVP that year after the outfielder put together a phenomenal second half of the season to run away with the award. Yelich and the Brewers haven’t quite been the same since that season. In 2019 and 2020 the Brewers were eliminated in the Wild Card round.

Brewers Playoff Outlook for 2021

Heading into the 2021 season the Brewers playoff outlook is looking rather bleak in my opinion. While the team does still holster All-Stars such as Yelich, and Lorenzo Cain, the team looks very different from what it once looked like in 2018.

I think that the Brewers playoff outlook for 2021, very much falls into the hands of their stars. Yelich and Cain are great hitters who are also fantastic outfielders. However, we shouldn’t sleep on their pitching either.

Josh Hader is a stud closer and happens to be one of the best in all of baseball. The Brewers have themselves another solid reliever in Brent Suter who looked solid after coming off of a brutal injury.

Unfortunately, I feel the Brewers’ playoff hopes lie very much in these players and I don’t know if that will be enough.

Brewers Playoff Outlook: Weak NL Central

Luckily, the Brewers happen to play in a pretty weak division. The Chicago Cubs won the Central last season but were never able to properly pull away. The Cardinals and the Brewers were fighting to win the title.

The Brewers of course ended up finishing under .500 last year but the Cubs, Cardinals, and Reds, were not all that much better. With Theo Epstein stepping down for the Cubs, some changes may be on the horizon. Star third baseman Kris Bryant has been at the forefront of trade talks all offseason.

While the Cardinals seem to be running the same team back as last year. The Reds were a surprise last season but with them probably losing out on their ace Trevor Bauer, an impending implosion may be probable for the team.

So all of this leads me to believe that the NL Central will be up for grabs among the four teams I just mentioned. The Brewers have talent in the right places but they might need a little bit more, particularly in their starting rotation.

Brewers Playoff Outlook: Selling Off In Their Future?

How the Brewers start this upcoming season may truly make or break the Brewers playoff outlook. As I’ve said, they have some real talent on this ball-club, but it may be too little too late.

Hindsight shows that 2020 was probably their year if they were going to win a World Series. Josh Hader was very much involved in trade talks last season and will probably continue to be the topic of discussion heading into 2020.

The Brewers also have themselves some quality trade pieces in Suter, Woodruff, and Cain. Even Ryan Braun can help a contender get over the hump if they are in need of a veteran hitter.

Their star, and former MVP Christian Yelich, would bring back a haul if the team looked to move on from him and that is a decision that may look tantalizing if the team gets off to a slow start and decides to become sellers at the deadline.

Brewers Playoff Outlook: Do They Have a Chance At the Postseason?

In my opinion, of course, the Brewers have a chance, but I think the Brewers playoff outlook really is going to fall on the back of their stars. If Milwaukee comes out of the gate hot, then I think their chances are good to win the Central.

If they slump at the beginning of the year, however, the Brewers playoff outlook may look bleak and they may be keen on entering a rebuild. Only time will tell what the Brewers can do in 2021 but on paper, they have a decent chance to make some noise.

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