A Brewers Fan’s Guide On Who To Root For In The 2022 Postseason
Brewers fan’s guide on who to root for in 2022 MLB Postseason
Toronto Blue Jays, AL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: The Blue Jays have a couple of old friends on their roster, including Jackie Bradley Jr., David Phelps (remember him from 2020?), and Trevor Richards. They also have Wisconsin native Danny Jansen as their starting catcher. I recognize JBJ may not be much of an incentive for a Brewers fan to root for the Blue Jays, but still.
It’s also fun to watch Vlad Guerrero Jr play baseball.
Reasons to root against: Their first round matchup is against the Seattle Mariners, who just broke the game’s longest active playoff drought, and it would be a shame to see the Mariners eliminated so early.
Seattle Mariners, AL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: Brewers fans can sympathize with the Mariners fanbase, going 21 years between playoff appearances. The Brewers had a 26 year drought themselves before they broke it in 2008 as a Wild Card. They’re an underdog that has finally built a contender and has some fun personalities, including likely AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez.
The Mariners also have Waukesha native Jarred Kelenic on their roster, plus old friend Mitch Haniger.
Reasons to root against: Their first round matchup is against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are a fun and easy team to root for, and it would be a shame to see the Blue Jays eliminated so early.
Tampa Bay Rays, AL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: Brewers fans can see a lot of ourselves in the Tampa Bay Rays. A smart, analytically driven team in a small market with a limited budget that has found a way to thrive. Seeing them win a World Series would give great hope that the Brewers can do the same one day.
The Rays also have old friends Ji-Man Choi and Drew Rasmussen.
Reasons to root against: They would have to beat the Guardians, another small market team that reminds us a lot of ourselves to advance?