In my opinion, the Milwaukee Brewers is one of the best teams in baseball to hold on to your MLB authentic jerseys for. The reasons being, they have a chance to continue their winning ways for the past three seasons and they haven’t even been eliminated from the wild-card competition yet. Furthermore, their chances of winning this year’s pennant are even higher than the previous three seasons. This is because they have an experienced roster with some of the best players in the game of baseball; plus, they are consistently sending strong players to the big leagues.
This season, I believe that the team has an excellent chance to repeat as pennant winners. Why? Well, their offense has been efficient all throughout the year and they boast a very deep club of hitters. They also feature a very reliable catching tandem in the form of prospect Jesus Guillien and journeyman catcher Kyle Lohse that have combined to become the premier duo in the MLB thus far. This, along with two outstanding starting pitchers in Milton Schairer and Jake Thompson gives the Bucks a great combination for success this season.
However, perhaps what the Bucks most likely possess, aside from their pitching and hitting, is a large arsenal of relievers that they can use to beat any club at any given time during any given season. Last year’s trade acquisition, Matt Garza, has been phenomenal and should continue to be so for this season. He has posted a 2.15 ERA in his first nine starts, while walking only two batters while striking out 12. He also holds stellar ratios across the board, allowing just under one hundred hits against the three different pitching classes of opponents.
Meanwhile, in the outfield, the Bucks boast the tandem of Aramis Dlughorne Jr., who is proving to be an extremely valuable defensive player throughout his three seasons in the organization. Last year’s first round draft pick, Travis Harrison, has emerged into a complete defensive player, holding down both middle-infield and left-field while scoring a respectable four steals thus far. While he’s not the offensive force that Garza is, he does enough to help push the team’s offense. If he keeps up this fantastic defensive play all season long, the Bucks will definitely be in the thick of things come playoff time.
Naturally, the Bucks’ best offensive player has to be Joey Votto, who continues to torch the baseball league with his consistent hitting. Votto is leading the team in virtually every offensive category (Slugging percentage, Runs, HR, RBI, TAvs) as well as tallying seven home runs thus far. He’s currently tied for the lead in hits in a game with the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, which only serves to heighten the importance of this season’s MVP race. With Trout out of commission due to a foot injury, Votto is the Bucks’ only true offensive threat on the team, which also features the equally impressive but much more experienced tandem of hitters led by newly-acquired Carlos Santana. The team’s other potent hitters include usual suspects Travis Leatherwood and rookie phenom prospect phenom OF Chancevic Powells, who are both providing solid offensive performances.
Despite the Bucks’ strong offensive attack, there is one position where they are significantly lacking, and that is at the plate. For as great as Garza is, he is largely ineffective at the plate, allowing an MLB leading 10 outfield assists by only 2 qualified players. This spot may be a bit too bad considering how well Votto and Crawford are playing the field, but it is perhaps a little too obvious given the Bucks’ season to date. This is why the club is strongly considering adding a center-fielder/designated hitter in the trade-deadline days prior to the season opener. As it stands presently, however, the club has no clear second base option. In other words, there really is no way the team is going to move Ryan Braun or anyone else from their top 3 outfielders to a utility player role.
If you thought the club had a superstar pitcher or two up their sleeve this season, you were mistaken. Though Milwaukee’s starters were superb in the regular season, they simply were not able to go on a hot streak, nor do they appear capable of carrying the team into the playoffs. Unlike other former pennant winners like the Yankees and Red Sox, though, the Bucks will likely only make the playoffs if injuries don’t prevent them. Unfortunately, this is an entirely realistic possibility, since no team has been able to win a pennant while its ace was on the disabled list. If anything, the team will need to turn to backup pitchers like Craig Counsell and Michael Pagagna in the event that injuries arise, since no true No. 1 option exists behind Benched Belt.
There isn’t any reason to get excited about the Bucks, despite their early-season success. Sure, they boast several All-Star caliber players, but so have several other teams that have been hot in recent weeks. It will, however, be refreshing if the Bucks can continue their winning ways long enough to fall just a bit into the Central Division playoff picture. With the benefit of watching the game from home, sitting in front of the television, or even on the computer, this should prove to be a very exciting season for all baseball fans.