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Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Season Preview

Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Season Preview
On the western shores of Lake Michigan lives a Milwaukee Brewers squad searching for answers after a dreadful second half to their 2014 season. The Brewers have a premium lineup, but without a miracle from the rotation, the club will be cleaning out their lockers once again, come September’s end.

Futures

Odds To Win Division: +1200

Odds To Win NL Pennant: 33/1

Odds To Win World Series: 66/1

Regular Season Win Total: 78.5

Most Significant Offseason Changes

Biggest Additions: 

Chris Perez, RP

Adam Lind, 1B

Neal Cotts, RP

Luis Sardinas, SS

Donnie Murphy, 2B

Biggest Losses:

Yovani Gallardo, SP

Rickie Weeks, 2B

Marco Estrada, SP

Mark Reynolds, 1B

Tom Gorzelanny, P

Zach Duke, RP

They’ll Be Successful If…

The lineup for the Brewers will be their key for success in 2015. The Brew-Crew have a surprising lineup with six players returning who hit double digit home runs. Hate him or love him, there is no denying the talent of Ryan Braun.  While his numbers in 2014 paled in comparison to his eye-popping early career stat lines, Braun can still be counted on to hit over 20 home runs and push for 90 RBIs, if he can play the full season. Jonathan Lucroy has developed into one of the best hitting catchers in the game, after leading the NL with 53 doubles and batting over .300 for the second time in three years.Carlos Gomez should once again be a member of the 20-20 club (over 20 steals and 20 home runs), in 2015. Gomez’s lethal mixture of speed and power give the Brewers one of the best leadoff hitters in the league. The addition of the former Silver Slugger winner, Adam Lind, provides the Brewers with an upgrade at first base and another double-digit home run hitter.

They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…

The pitching staff seems unstructured and suffered some notable losses in 2014. There is talent in the rotation, but who is the clear-cut number one. Kyle Lohse is currently listed atop the chart, but is he really better than Mike Fiers or Wily Peralta. To put in this in perspective, four of the Brewers main starters from 2014 had an ERA between 3.51 and 3.64. These numbers suggest the Brewers have some quality pitchers, but no in the stratosphere of an MLB ace. Mike Fiers may be the most talented pitcher in the starting rotation, but has made only 35 starts over the past 3 seasons. While the starting rotation lost Yovani Gallardo and Macro Estrada, the toughest loss for the Brewers to stomach may actually be reliever Zach Duke. The bullpen for the Brewers, outside of closer Francisco Rodriguez, is not really impressing anyone. Duke’s ERA of 2.45 and 11.4 strikeouts per 9 innings will be sorely missed. The addition of Neal Cotts provides some relief, and should Will Smith manage to lower his WHIP (which was a middling 1.42 in 2014), the group may be able to hang right around the average mark in 2015.      

Fantasy Bargain: Scooter Gennett, 2B

With second base being one of the harder position in fantasy to find depth in, Scooter Gennett is a good sleeper option with undervalued upside. Finishing 2014 with a .289 batting average and 43 extra base hits, the 24 year old should see his numbers improve in 2015. In 2013 Gennett hit 6 home runs in only 69 games, and is a safe bet to join the double digit club in 2015. With an expected OPS of over .800 and the likelihood of 50 extra base hits in 2015, Scott Gennett is good pick in deep drafts or for teams who need a second or third option at second base.  

Outlook

The Brewers, who would have finished with 89 wins in 2014 had they continued on their pre All-Star game trajectory, are a true wild card in 2015. While the Brewers tout an impressive lineup, it will take some substantial, though unlikely, improvement from the pitching staff for this team to be a postseason contender in 2015.

Prediction: 5th In NL Central

 

 

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