In two and a half months, the Milwaukee Brewers will begin their 2014 campaign, a year after controversy, injury and just disappointment. That said, with a new year comes new excitement.
The question for this week’s round-table was, “What are you most excited about this upcoming Brewers’ season?”
“The unknown. New Left Fielder, new starting 2nd baseman, new pitchers in the rotation and bullpen, and probably the last season for Ron Roenicke. I am excited for the things that I have never seen before. Ramirez, Braun, and Gallardo are old news. I am as excited about those guys as I am about Downtown Abbey (for the record I do not watch, nor will I ever watch DA).”
“Baseball. I really miss having baseball every day. But on a more specific note, I’m excited to see how Jean Segura develops. If he could make a jump in his plate discipline, we’re talking about an ELITE leadoff hitter. I’ll also be happy to see Ryan Braun playing baseball again.”
“Definitely Scooter Gennett bobble head day at Miller Park. Okay, also finding out what the Brewers’ have for pitching. In 2013 they entered the season with question marks surrounding Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, and Mike Fiers. Two out of three showed enough to move forward. In 2014 I hope the Brewers’ see enough of Tyler Thornburg, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Hellweg, and Hiram Burgos to make decisions. Even if only a couple pan out, it has been a while since this organization has had arms to take a look at. It’s a nice feeling and who knows, maybe there is an ace (or at least trusty two) in the bunch.”
“I am most excited about actually getting to Milwaukee for a game against the Dodgers in August for the first time since 2010. On a serious note I’m looking forward to seeing Hunter Morris grab the first base job on a full-time basis and provide the Crew with a solid output and decent glove. Supporting the Brewers batting line-up in getting the Brewers into the 2014 Wild Card picture.”
“Coming off his best season yet, I can’t wait to see how Carlos Gomez performs this year. If he puts up similar numbers, I’ll be absolutely stoked. Aside from Andrew McCutchen, Gomez is the best center fielder in the National League, and I’m excited to see him take the next step. If he does, is it too much to say he’ll garner some MVP votes?”
“It will be interesting to see how the younger guys like Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis and Tyler Thornburg do in their respected roles. The young guys bring a sort of excitement and maybe even hope to Brewers’ fans, so they will certainly be fun to watch. Plus when Hunter Morris and Jimmy Nelson are called up, it will only further strengthen the team. I’m intrigued to see how the team rebounds after the injury prone 2013.”
That’s what we had to say this week for the round-table, how about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.