Sunday, February 5, 2017

MIlwaukee Brewers Season 37 Preview

Milwaukee Brewers
Season 36:  56-106

GM:  mjdato

The Brew Crew said goodby to longtime face-of-the-franchise Ubaldo Maduro this offseason.  Maduro made 4 All-Star squads and snagged 2 SS Silver Sluggers in his 10- season Milwaukee career.  The team played sparingly in free agency, inking just a pair (so far) of infielders (Bernie Lugo and Giomar Corpas) to 1-year deals.

Instead, they've filled ML roster spots with players from their farm system like Louis Snow (a #50 pick) and Jimmie Busby (4th rounder).  On the eve of Spring Training, they still have some roster-building to do.

The ML roster is much younger but very thin.  Frankly, they've got minor leaguers plugged in at a few spots and quite marginal major-leaguers at many others.  With what they currently have (still 3 position spots to fill assuming 14 position players), it's hard to see them matching last year's 590 runs.  Last year's team ERA was 4.86 and the prognosis there is not good, either.  Their mwr for this year is 69 games and it's really going to take some luck for them to approach that number of wins.

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