We continue looking at the 30 MLB teams as they head into the 2021 season. And on this piece, we examine The State of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Signing Jackie Bradley Jr
The signing of Jackie Bradley Jr provides the Milwaukee Brewers with a level of depth and protection. The current Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain is dealing with injuries. Having Jackie Bradley Jr in the fold gives the Brewers one of the game’s best defensive center fielders. The signing of Bradley Jr also gives the Brewers one of the best defensive outfields. When Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Jackie Bradley Jr are on the field together, they are capable of locking down the outfield.
Offensively, Bradley Jr isn’t going to win a Silver Slugger. But he can provide pesky at-bats at the bottom of the lineup. And the fact that this deal could max out at just 2 years and $24 Million is a potential steal for a defensive specialist.
Resigning Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson was a solo back end of the Rotation kind of starter for the Brewers in 2020. And that’s very similar to how Anderson has pitched for his career, minus the injuries. So going into the 2021 campaign, the Brew Crew made the wise decision to bring back the left-hander for their starting rotation. Brett Anderson gives the Brewers a left-handed pitching option that they otherwise wouldn’t have in the rotation. And in the National League Central having a lefty starter is a valuable asset.
Signing Kolten Wong
The biggest offseason acquisition for the Milwaukee Brewers was that of defensive specialist Kolten Wong. Wong has been among the premier defenders at the second base position since his debut in 2013. The signing of Wong moves Keston Huira to more of a utility position. Thus this signing improves the Brewers overall.
State of the Rotation
The Milwaukee Brewers rotation is likely to be very similar, if not exactly the same as it was in 2020. There will be a competition for the rotation in Spring Training. Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes will likely headline the rotation. Rounding out the rotation will be any combination of Brett Anderson, Josh Lindblom, Adrian Houser, Eric Lauer, and even Jordan Zimmerman. If the rotation can maintain steady performance in 2021, the Brewers could head back to the postseason.
State of the Bullpen
Josh Hader and Devin Williams will headline the bullpen for Milwaukee. After those two arms, the pen is much more questionable. However, the bullpen battle shakes out in Spring Training; the Brewers bullpen will rely on Hader and Williams.
State of the Offense
Throughout this Milwaukee lineup, there are very valuable players and strong assets. Christian Yelich will likely bounce back this season and get back to his MVP form. Milwaukee’s ability to do damage at the plate will be what carries them this season. For the Brewers to get back to the postseason in the normal postseason format, they will need to have a strong offensive campaign.
State of the Franchise
The Milwaukee Brewers will face a tough battle in the National League Central division in 2021. Four of the five teams in the division are going to be very competitive. For the Brewers to be successful in their quest to head back to the postseason in 2021, they will need multiple things to go right. First, they will need a bounce-back season Christian Yelich, which is likely to happen. Secondly, the Brew Crew will need solid performances from several of their other key offensive contributors. Something that may or may not happen. Thirdly they will need to play lockdown stellar defense, which will likely be possible with some of their offseason acquisitions. And lastly, Milwaukee will need to have great overall pitching from both the rotation and the bullpen.
If the Milwaukee Brewers receive all of these things, they could find themselves back in the postseason in 2021. However, it will not be easy; the Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds will all be after the same goal, making the postseason in an effort to win the World Series.