Reason #4: The Brewers bullpen is just as scary as the starting rotation
No one wants to face Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, or Freddy Peralta in the playoffs the way their pitching. The rotation is scary, as we've already detailed. Teams will then usually try to drive up their pitch counts and get into the bullpen. Well, getting into the Brewers bullpen isn't going to be much easier for opposing teams.
The bullpen starts with ace closer Devin Williams. He's been lights out all season and when he comes in, the game is pretty much over. The Airbender changeup is as unhittable as it's ever been and it's a race to the 8th inning because the last thing teams want to face is Devin Williams with a lead.
The setup options for Williams have also been lights out. Joel Payamps has been the 8th inning guy for most of the second half, putting up a stellar 2.51 ERA this season. He's been nails, limiting walks and limiting hard contact.
The Brewers also have a couple of flamethrowers that are as uncomfortable an at-bat you can find. Abner Uribe and Trevor Megill both throw 100 MPH. It's straight heat coming out of the pen for Milwaukee and there's nothing easy facing either of these guys. Uribe has been practically unhittable since arriving mid-season and Megill has looked great since his return from Triple-A. Megill is moving up the bullpen trust tree and another 100 MPH arm that Counsell can trust is a nightmare for opposing teams.
Hoby Milner has also been a shutdown arm from the left side and Elvis Peguero has been great in high leverage spots. He should be ready to return from the IL in time for the playoffs.
This bullpen doesn't really have any weak spots. Bryse Wilson has even been excellent in a variety of roles. Getting one of the Brewers ace starters out of the game doesn't make things any easier for opposing teams. The bullpen can really make or break a team in the playoffs. If there's a weak link out there, it can derail a postseason run, but Counsell manages his bullpen so well and this group is so nasty, there doesn't appear to be a weak link.