Opening Day is nearly upon us! With the excitement of Brewers baseball returning, content involving 28-man roster predictions, off-season recaps, bold predictions, and even fun opening day facts are surfacing more and more.
In a recent article, Alyson Footer discussed MLB’s current Opening Day power rankings. She goes into great detail surrounding the top five ranked teams, in which the Milwaukee Brewers came in at fourth best.
MLB power rankings have the Milwaukee Brewers in fourth place. Which teams are ranked higher than the Brewers?
Ahead of the Brewers are the Dodgers at number one, Blue Jays second, and White Sox third. It’s hard to talk most out of ranking the Dodgers first. They recently traded for former Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel and added superstar Freddie Freeman during the offseason. Combining these players with their already star-studded roster makes them very dangerous.
Despite missing the post-season by one game in 2021, the Blue Jays come in ranked second. This is likely due to their activity in the offseason. Despite losing Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, they were able to add Jose Berrios and Kevin Gausman to the starting rotation. Their lineup is deep as well and includes players such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, George Springer, Teoscar Hernández, and Matt Chapman. On paper, this team is poised to take the next step.
Last up, is the White Sox. They recently made a move in which they traded from a position of strength (pitching) to improve their offense by acquiring AJ Pollock from the Dodgers. He is joining Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, and young phenom Luis Robert on the offensive side. Pitching-wise, they recently lost Garret Crochet for the season and Lance Lynn for one month, but remain strong with Lucas Giolito as their ace and Liam Hendricks as the closer.
How do the Brewers compare to these teams? Is 4th an appropriate ranking?
Like the teams mentioned above, the Brewers also have lots of star power. Their starting rotation is arguably the best in the league and you won’t find a better eighth and ninth inning tag team between Devin Williams and Josh Hader.
The Brewers biggest question marks come in offensively. They added power to the lineup by trading for Hunter Renfroe and signing Andrew McCutchen. Willy Adames also again figures to be a big contributor for them, but mainly they are hoping that Christian Yelich can increase his productivity.
As for the fourth place ranking, I think Brewer fans should be happy with this placement. Slotting in just behind them are two very explosive teams in the Rays and Yankees followed by the Astros, Braves, Giants, and Padres. As a small market teams, it is often times hard for the Brewers to get acknowledged like this in a pre-season ranking.
Hopefully this is a sign of more things to come for Milwaukee in which all the current focus is on reaching the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.