Let’s get bold. The 2021 Brewers season is upon us and with it is a world of possibilities. The 162 game season is a completely blank slate right now, and anything can happen. What exactly will happen? No one knows for sure, so let’s try to make some bold predictions.
Remember, these are bold predictions. These are not promises that they will happen. If what’s predicted in here doesn’t happen, I don’t want anyone hopping in my Twitter mentions, telling me I was wrong, I don’t know what I’m talking about, etc. These are purposefully bold, and as such, there’s a lot of risk that these predictions won’t come true.
But there is a chance. There’s a chance for all of these predictions to come true, no matter how small it may appear to be at the moment. We’re talking about baseball, a sport where history can be made every single day and you may see something that you’ve never seen before.
Here are my five bold predictions for the Brewers in the 2021 season.
Brewers Bold Prediction #1
Travis Shaw returns to form, hits 30 or more home runs
Let’s hop on the Travis Shaw bandwagon for a moment. All three of Andy Haines, Craig Counsell, and David Stearns have publicly stated that Travis Shaw looks like himself again. He looks like the Travis Shaw we’ve known before. Not the 2019 Travis Shaw, but the 2017-18 Travis Shaw.
Well the 2017-18 Travis Shaw hit 30+ home runs each season. So you know what? He’s going to do that again here in 2021. That’s my prediction.
Shaw is currently slated to be in a timeshare at third base with Orlando Arcia, so that may get him off to a slow start on his quest to hit 30 home runs. But Arcia has struggled to get going in spring, and he doesn’t provide much power himself. If Shaw gets a little hot, he can take the everyday third base role once again.
Once he takes that everyday role, and gets going, there’s little that can get in the way and stop Shaw from reaching 30 home runs.
I’m a believer that Shaw will be able to find something similar to his 2017-18 form. He improved in 2020 with the Blue Jays in a shorter season, and with the Brewers believing he’s looking even better now than he did last year.
A more realistic prediction might be 20-25 home runs for Shaw, but this is a bold predictions piece, not a boring and realistic prediction piece, so we’re going for 30. He’s done it before, he can do it again.