Brewers fan’s guide on who to root for in 2022 MLB Postseason
Los Angeles Dodgers, NL West Champion
Reasons to root for: The Dodgers have Wisconsin native Gavin Lux on their roster. They also have old friends Jimmy Nelson and Phil Bickford on their roster so if they win it all, those guys get rings.
Reasons to root against: They can buy anyone they like and they do. They bought Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, etc. They can shell out contracts like there’s no tomorrow while the Brewers “have to” trade Josh Hader to remain competitive long term. They have an unfair advantage with a yearly $200+MM TV deal that puts their revenues way above anything the Brewers could dream of.
Their budget is endless and so is their ego.
The Dodgers also eliminated the Brewers in 2018 when the Crew should’ve been in the World Series, and they eliminated Milwaukee again in 2020.
Atlanta Braves, NL East Champion
Reasons to root for: Old friend Orlando Arcia has been the starting second baseman for the Braves since Ozzie Albies‘ injury. Arcia was frustrating to watch yet still beloved by many in Milwaukee. Another old friend, Manny Pina is on the Braves and is in search of his first World Series ring. He’s another beloved former Brewer and it would be great to see him on top of the baseball world. He certainly deserves it.
Also, it’s fun to watch Ronald Acuna, Jr. play baseball.
Reasons to root against: The Braves were the team that eliminated the Brewers last season. So there’s an easy reason not to like them. Plus, they won the World Series last year, we don’t need to see them win again, let’s have someone else win it all this year. Parity is good for the sport and if we’re rooting for the Braves, that’s not good for parity.
It was tough enough seeing them win last year knowing that the Brewers could’ve beaten them and been in that position to win it all themselves. Let’s not have a repeat of that.
St. Louis Cardinals, NL Central Champion
Reasons to root for: None
Reasons to root against: They are the St. Louis Cardinals.