Milwaukee Brewers: 2016 Outlook

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Starting Pitchers

Apr 2, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) applies sun screen prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) applies sun screen prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

The Brewers starting core wasn’t all that great last year let’s face it. But there are plenty of young pitchers in there and veterans like Matt Garza should provide mentoring that our young pitchers need. I expect Nelson to be the “Ace” (Milwaukee hasn’t had a true ace since Grienke, Gallardo showed flashes of it, but then sputtered for a bit), with Peralta the number two. Garza, I expect will sit at number three and to have a bounce back year, over a pretty down last year next year.

FanGraphs has Nelson providing a WAR of 2.4 and an FIP of 4.04, Peralta with 1.6/4.36 and Garza 1.4/4.47. Posting numbers like that (in my opinion) would provide a much better year in 2016 than 2015.

The Brewers didn’t make any acquisitions that would change the starting lineup so I’d expect the starting lineup to try and improve from last year and help the rebuilding process that is happening in Milwaukee.

Conclusion: Look for Garza to have the bounce back year and really I expect the starting rotation to perform better than it did last year.

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