Brewers fan’s guide on who to root for in 2022 MLB Postseason
New York Mets, NL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: Daniel Taylor Vogelbach. The Mets have Big Dan and that is reason enough to root for them to win. Plus they have another old friend in Eduardo Escobar on their roster.
Another reason to like the Mets is they have Terrance Gore on their roster. He’s a 31 year old pinch running specialist with only 74 career at-bats to his name in eight MLB seasons but he makes an appearance on some postseason team’s roster every year to help bring some speed on the bases. It would be a cool story to see him get yet another World Series ring for his role.
Mets fans are also a long-suffering fanbase, despite being in the New York market. Their organization has been marked by ineptitude with ownership and the front office and they’re finally seeing something good come together. Mets fans are much easier to tolerate than Yankees fans, except when they’re trying to poach our executives.
That’s another reason to root for the Mets. If they win the World Series this year, perhaps they’ll back off their pursuit of David Stearns once and for all.
Reasons to root against: Steve Cohen, in all his infinite money, completely reset the market for starting pitchers when he threw $43MM per year at Max Scherzer. That contract singlehandedly made it so much more difficult for the Brewers to be able to sign Corbin Burnes to a contract extension, if they ever decide to start those talks. The bar has been raised so high the Brewers might not even try to extend Burnes. They shouldn’t get rewarded with a World Series for that.
Plus, the more they win, the more we’re going to see Edwin Diaz‘s entrance song ‘Narco’ by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet everywhere on postseason coverage. It’s a great entrance song and Diaz has been great, but we’ve seen so much stuff on this for months now, and it would only get worse if the Mets make a deep run. Do we need more interviews with Timmy Trumpet? It’s a song, it’s cool, but everyone is totally going to overdo it in the postseason with that.
San Diego Padres, NL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: The Padres are another long-suffering fanbase. It would be nice to see them win and make a deep run after going all in the past few years on this roster. Their success might convince the Brewers to go more all in on their roster core.
Of course they also have a few old friends of the Brewers in Trent Grisham and, yes, Josh Hader.
Reasons to root against: As much as having an old friend in Josh Hader is a reason to root for the Padres, it could also be seen as a reason to root against them. The wounds of that trade are still fresh for most of us. Imagine seeing Josh Hader close the final game of the World Series to win it for the Padres. Would you be happy for him or in so much pain that he didn’t get a chance to do that in a Brewers uniform?
If the wounds are still too fresh for you, seeing Hader and the Padres succeed in October may be too much to bear.
Philadelphia Phillies, NL Wild Card
Reasons to root for: The Phillies have had an 11 year postseason drought. It’s been a while for them so it wouldn’t be too bad to see them have some success in October. They also have two old friends on their roster in Jean Segura and Corey Knebel. Those are two very likable former Brewers.
Reasons to root against: For starters, they took the final Wild Card spot instead of it going to the Brewers. Although to be fair, the Phillies did give Milwaukee a whole bunch of opportunities to take it. Still, it would sting seeing the Phillies make a deep run knowing that could’ve been the Brewers.
Which team will you be rooting for in the 2022 MLB playoffs?