Sports Illustrated is doing a season preview of each team in Major League Baseball, and their outlook on the Brewers season isn’t all that surprising.
On Monday SI released their outlook on how the Brewers will do this upcoming season, and it’s as gloomy as you’d expect it to be. They predict that the Brewers will finish fourth in the NL Central (ahead of the Reds) with a record of 70-92. They have a bunch of if’s for the Brewers (they hint that Garza might go for over 200 IP, which is possible I mean the Angels won the pennant after all). They also state the obvious that Lucroy needs to return to his old form (or at least almost to) to help himself and the Brewers.
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SI also notes that Brewers farm system has risen twenty spots in the Baseball America rankings, going from 29th to 9th over the past two seasons. Finally, the list the most overrated and underrated player for the Brewers. At most overrated Scooter Gennett, which based on his spring training play thus far I would disagree, Gennett looks poised to make have a bounce back year and show that his red-hot start in his rookie campaign wasn’t a fluke. Their most underrated is Will Smith, which is ironic because it’s getting to the point that everyone is starting to notice just how good Will Smith is (by everyone I mean people outside of Milwaukee).
As is the case with every prediction of 2016 for the Brewers the emphasis is rebuilding and looking t0 2017 and beyond. Which, is realistic considering the Brewers have started their rebuilding and Slingin’ Stearns has made a plethora of trades to drastically improve the farm system and the future of the franchise itself. Only time will tell just how good the moves that he’s making