The Milwaukee Brewers needed an extra game last season to claim the division title over the Chicago Cubs. They claimed their first division title since 2o11 and made it to game seven of the NLCS. The Brewers followed up their success with landing veteran catcher, Yasmani Grandal. Adding him to the roster means the Brewers are a very big threat to win the NL Central again this year.
- Lorenzo Cain, CF
- Christian Yelich, RF
- Jesus Aguilar, 1B
- Travis Shaw, 3B
- Ryan Braun, LF
- Mike Moustakas, 2B
- Yasmani Grandal, C
- Orlando Arcia, SS
Hernan Perez and Erick Kratz will also be solid players to fill positions at third base and catcher. Eric Thames has also been playing very well this spring training and could also see a lot of playing time this season.
Probable Pitching Rotation:
- Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
- Chase Anderson, RHP
- Jimmy Nelson, RHP
- Brandon Woodruff, RHP
- Zach Davies, RHP
Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes will also get into the mix if Davies struggles or gets hurt. They will also have their strong closing pitcher Jeremy Jeffress who was a major factor into getting them to the playoffs last season. They will also have their setup pitchers, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel.
Last season they had NL MVP, Christian Yelich who helped carry the team into the playoffs. He homered 36 times last season with a slugging percentage of nearly .600. He has slowly become one of the most dangerous players in the Major Leagues and he should have another great season as there are not that many left handed pitchers in the NL Central this year.
One of the biggest issues for the Brewers is that Ryan Braun is entering age 35 this year and there is no saying how much he actually has left in him. He has seen his OPS steadily decline the last three season. He is also very sub par on defense and at this point it is worth questioning if he should be an every day starter. He should still be able to produce runs in the clutch and will help out the team with his veteran status.
Luckily for the Brewers their left handed pitcher, Jimmy Nelson, will be back after his dominating performance in 2017. Unfortunately last season he would suffer a shoulder injury that would make him have to sit out for the 2018 season.
Last year during the playoffs the Brewers got great production out of short stop, Orlando Arcia, after they sent him down to the major leagues to help out his production on offense. He hit a couple of big homers during the NLCS and NLDs. He would also go a perfect 5-5 in game 163 against the Cubs to win the division title. He will also be a big factor on the defensive side with his stellar play making skills.
The Brewers will be a scary team this year and should very well finish at the top of the NL Central even though they will be competing with teams like the Cubs and Cardinals who could also be big playoff contenders. If Milwaukee makes the playoffs this year they should be a team that is at the top of everyones list to be a World Series contender.