Milwaukee Brewers – Can the Brewers keep pace?
There’s really nothing bad you can say about the Brew Crew. Yes, they blew a postseason berth last fall after leading the division for most of the season, but they really were not even supposed to be in the picture to begin with. The Brewers are a solid team, but I fear that as the Cubs continue their rise, the Brewers will not be able to keep pace with the rest of the division.
The Cardinals and Pirates are going nowhere, and the Cubs are overflowing with top prospects set to take the division by storm. The Brewers roster is basically unchanged from a year ago. They traded away Yovani Gallardo for a no-hit shortstop in Luis Sardinas, and brought Adam Lind over from Toronto. The team probably sold high on Gallardo, as he was never really a true ace and has seen his strikeout rate decline sharply the past three seasons. If Adam Lind is the centerpiece of your offseason, you probably had a quiet offseason. Lind can handle the bat well, but will have to play the field full time after splitting time at first base and designated hitter most of his career. Lind hit 35 home runs in 2009, but has not gotten close to that level, or showed an ability to stay healthy since.
The Brewers did not really do anything to hurt their club this offseason, but they also failed to keep pace with the rest of the division. Another .500 season seems in the cards as the rest of the division only continues to get better.