Brewers Bold Prediction #4
The Brewers will have a big year at awards season, winning two Gold Gloves, the MVP, and Cy Young award.
With such a big season in store for a number of Brewers players, it will be reflected quite nicely during the awards season.
The defense is going to be elite this season, and how could an elite defense be better rewarded than with a couple of Gold Glove awards? The Brewers have four Gold Glove winners on their roster, Lorenzo Cain, Kolten Wong, Christian Yelich, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Wong is the reigning Gold Glover at second base in the NL.
Between Wong, Cain, and Bradley, the Brewers should be able to get a Gold Glove or two somewhere in there. Luis Urias has looked good defensively, while Wong has stated his goal to get Arcia a Gold Glove, so either one of those two could be candidates, depending on who starts more regularly at shortstop.
Omar Narvaez looked a lot better defensively last year. Could those improvements continue enough to get him a Gold Glove? Could a Brewers pitcher win a Gold Glove? Between all these strong defenders in the Run Prevention Unit, I predict there will be two Gold Glove awards on their way to Milwaukee. Is going for two greedy? Maybe. Is it bold? Absolutely.
Christian Yelich will bounce back from a rough 2020 season and win the NL MVP for the second (should be the third) time in his career. He’s looking as good as ever this spring and the Brewers coaching staff has remarked as such.
If he’s as good as ever, if not better, then he’s a surefire candidate for the MVP and there’s no reason he can’t win it again.
There’s a lot of competition for the MVP in the National League, but with Yelich’s offensive ceiling and ability to just become unstoppable, he’s a strong bet to win the award again.
For the Cy Young, is it Woodruff? Is it Burnes? Both are strong Cy Young candidates. In my crystal ball bold prediction, I am doubling down on Corbin Burnes winning the NL Cy Young award in 2021 (In 2019, I very wrongly predicted Burnes would win the Cy Young). Last year, Burnes bounced back and redeemed my unwavering faith in him and finished 6th in NL Cy Young balloting.
This year, he’s going to move up about five more spots and claim the award. He’s been working on a changeup and a curveball this spring, adding to an already impressive and nasty mix of pitches. He’s dominated this spring with a 1.65 ERA in five starts with a 0.86 WHIP in 16.1 IP.
With his combination of stuff, confidence, and ability to dominate a game, Burnes has a strong chance to win a Cy Young and this year is as good a year as any for this prediction to come true. Especially if he gets that no-hitter as mentioned in Bold Prediction No. 3, that will only boost his case.