A Better Batch, For a Better Year
Normally I am against double-dipping. I will make an exception here. After all, I am in the mood to feast now that we are looking at a full plate of baseball this season.
The Brewers come into 2021 hungry for success. Craig Counsell’s crew wants to get back to the playoffs and channel their drive of 2018. To do so, Christian Yelich will have to rise to MVP consideration and rebound from the struggles that plagued a miserable 2020 season.
The 2018 NL MVP will have some proper help this go around. Milwaukee adds outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. and second baseman Kolten Wong to construct a more efficient offense. With Keston Hiura already slotted for the infield, the addition of Wong makes for a superb duo inside the dirt. Bradley and Yelich provide the outfield with outstanding defense as well.
The Brewers ranked just outside the top third in the MLB in team ERA last season. Expect that number to creep into the Top 10 in 2020. Brewers pitchers ranked second in the league in strikeouts (509) and K/BB rate (3.22) last season. They were a force away from home, ranking fifth in road ERA (3.94).
These qualities show tremendous grit. With a healthy offseason and full schedule ahead, I expect Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Adrian Houser to head a solid rotation that reaches more potential.
Burnes and Woodruff were outstanding last season. The former had a 3.05 ERA to go along with a .99 WHIP. Burnes led the team in wins (4), ERA (2.11), and SO9 (13.3). He also had an ERA+ of 218.
Houser will be the benefactor of a much-improved defense. His WHIP of 1.500 last season was largely due to bad luck and poor defense. Houser’s BABIP was .325 in 2020.
Look for the Brew Crew to bounce back in 2020. The price is currently (+310) to win the division and (-110) for OVER 83.5 wins via the @FDSsportsbook sportsbook. Lock these in.