3 Reasons the Brewers Will Make the Playoffs in 2020
The MLB season is set to finally begin on July 23 or 24, and the Milwaukee Brewers are hoping to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Although the Brewers' 2019 ended with a bullpen collapse in the NL Wild Card Game, another wide-open season in the NL Central and the randomness of the shortened 60-game schedule should give them ample opportunities. Here are three reasons the Brewers will make the playoffs in 2020.
1. A Dominant Bullpen
The Brewers have had one of the MLB's best bullpens for the last two years. With Josh Hader, arguably baseball's best reliever, they've been utterly dominant whenever they get a lead. Hader's ability to get more than three outs, as well as a high-quality supporting cast led by Brent Suter, make the Brewers bullpen extremely hard to beat. In a 60-game season where starters will play less of a role, the Brewers' bullpen will be a big positive.
2. Christian Yelich's Dominance
Everyone knows about Christian Yelich, recently signed to a long extension after another monster season. Yelich had a 1.000 OPS in 2018, which won him the NL MVP Award, and he's now followed that up with an amazing 1.100 OPS in 2019. Although he was recovering from surgery to start the season, the extra time off should mean he's at full strength. Yelich can lay claim to be the best hitter in the National League, and that alone is enough to put the Brewers in the conversation for the playoffs.
3. Underrated Veterans
The Brewers signed a number of veterans to bolster their roster over the offseason. There's no doubt the Brewers lost talent when Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal departed, but the Brewers have excelled at finding veteran talent over the years. Eric Sogard, Justin Smoak, and Omar Narvaez have been installed in the lineup, and all three have significant upside. The Brewers have also signed Brett Anderson from Oakland and Josh Lindblom from the KBO. Both of them are over 30 but proved themselves last year. These new additions should fortify the roster in 2020.
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