Look for Brewers to go Over Expected Win Total in 2014

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:08 PM GMT

The Milwaukee Brewers have an impressive pitching unit lined up for 2014. An early look at this squad is making us lean towards the idea that they will exceed their expected win total.

Milwaukee – Projected Win Total 79.5 wins – 4th in the NL Central
If being strong up the middle still counts for something in baseball, the Brewers should see improvement. They have underrated catcher in Jonathan Lucroy, SS Jean Segura and CF Carlos Gomez, which is a great starting point for the Brew Crew and those making MLB picks. 

As stated in our previous look here at SBR, I like the Brewers starting pitching. I do not believe this is a dominant group but as opposed to many teams, they have five solid starters in Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta.

Like every club, the bullpen will have to be figured out, but big Jim Henderson is a fine looking closer and Will Smith is a lively lefty who came in a trade with Kansas City.

Offensively, I think the Milwaukee will be better having a full season from the Hebrew Hammer, Ryan Braun. With all the bad news in the rear view mirror, look for Braun to have a very strong season and he’s the kind of athlete who will have no problem blocking out the heckling he will face on the road and use it for motivation. Based on the reaction from the Brewers fans, they have moved on and are cheering Braun.

If Milwaukee is going to climb higher than fourth place in the division and beat the MLB odds, a full season year from Braun will help; a slimmed-down Aramis Ramirez has to be productive, as does new leftfielder Khris Davis. Each will have to their part to help the Crew score more runs. 

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Game Notes – Milwaukee’s Peralta had his best outing of the spring, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits, striking out five without walking a batter. To help his own cause he also launched a home run over the fence.

MLB Season Prospects –With Braun back, Milwaukee should be able to be better than 16-28 against left-handed starters. Even reaching .500 versus port-siders might be enough for this club to get near the breakeven point and if the starting staff is what I believe it will be, the Brewers should reach 82-83 wins.