It’s that time of year again! It’s time for some Brewers bold predictions.
The 2022 season is a few days away from getting started, and it’s a season full of wonder and mystery. There’s 162 games to be played, everyone is starting at 0-0 all with equal mathematical chances of winning the division, making the postseason, and winning the World Series. Anything can happen.
Last season, a few of my bold predictions actually ended up coming true. Freddy Peralta established himself as the No. 3 starter (remember, he barely got a rotation spot out of camp to start last year), the Brewers did throw their first no-hitter since 1987, and Corbin Burnes finally did win the Cy Young award. I’d been predicting that for three years now, and the third time was the charm.
So my hit rate on these bold predictions are increasing, so what I’m predicting here for 2022 may actually happen. Time will only tell.
With the Milwaukee Brewers 2022 season approaching, here are 5 bold predictions for what will happen over the course of the year.
Brewers 2022 Bold Prediction #1: Brewers win back-to-back Cy Youngs
Finally, we’ve reached success with the Cy Young prediction. So why not go back to that tree again since it’s now bearing fruit.
Corbin Burnes won the 2021 NL Cy Young award after a remarkable season in which he lead the league in ERA, ERA+, FIP, K/9, HR/9, and K/BB. One might wonder how Burnes could top last season, but he feels he can do so. He’s fine-tuned his routine between starts and is looking to feature his improved changeup a little more this season.
Burnes enters the 2022 season as one of the favorites to win the NL Cy Young again.
Especially with Mets ace Jacob deGrom expected to miss the first two months of the season, Burnes stands a solid chance to win again. That said, there are several other contenders, and it was a close vote in 2021. Zack Wheeler, Max Scherzer, and Walker Buehler are all solid candidates as well.
Plus, the Brewers have a couple candidates along with Burnes. Brandon Woodruff finished 5th last year and is a candidate to jump into that top crowd as well. There’s also Freddy Peralta, whom some here at Reviewing the Brew believe has a Cy Young campaign in him this year. Peralta would’ve had the lowest H/9 in MLB history last season had he thrown enough innings to qualify. His stuff is legit and nasty and he could sneak in as well with a full season.
The Brewers have three strong Cy Young candidates and while I’m still driving the Corbin Burnes train, it’s important to recognize that the Brewers have other quality candidates as well and thus the prediction is that the Brewers will have back-to-back Cy Young winners. Will it be Burnes? Peralta? Woodruff? It could be any one of those three.