That time again... the Brewers season preview! The Brewers made some interesting offseason moves, and I have kind of been keeping up with football more than baseball, so this may be tough, but here it goes!
C: Again, this year, catcher is one of our biggest weaknesses. Last year, we had Kendall past his prime, and this year we have Gregg Zaun. Although he has looked decent in spring training, he is not known for being exactly a good catcher. Luckily, he will be switching off with two young guys who look pretty capable.
1B: Last year, Prince Fielder amazingly played all 162 games. In doing that, he had another 30 plus homer, 100 plus RBI year. He also improved his batting average (.298 last year), and made some amazing defensive plays. Best part, he is still entering his prime! This year, Albert Pujols will have a tough time running away with the best first baseman award.
2B: After a month of baseball, Rickie Weeks suffered a wrist injury, that kept him out for the entire season. He was doing really well before the injury, and is entering his prime. Also, his replacement, Casey MaGehee, wasn't all that bad. This year, with Weeks and MaGehee switching off, 2nd base should be good to go!
SS: After some contract disputes, the Brewers traded Hardy to the Twins. That might have actually been a really good move. Alcides Escobar performed very well in some time last year. Also Escobar isn't even in his prime yet. With a little bit of training and maturing, Escobar could grow into one of the NL's best shortstops.
3B: With Braun moved to the outfield, McGehee, and Gamel switched off at third base. MaGehee did better having a BA in the .290's with a grand slam, and solid defensive play, whereas Gamel had a BA in the .240's with a couple homeruns, and okay defensive play. Going into this year, it seems like MaGehee is going to get the nod.
OF: Ryan Braun is entering his prime, having back to back 30 plus home runs, 90 plus RBI seasons. The move to left field was a pretty good idea as Braun improved in his defense out there. Jody Gerut and Jim Edmonds should battle for the starting CF job, and Corey Hart is back in RF as a solid hit and run combination.
P: Once again, we cannot seem to find good pitching anywhere. Expect Gallardo to have another great season with maybe 15 wins, 200 strikeouts, and an ERA of about 3.50, but the rest of the rotation is capped off with Randy Wolf! Seriously? At least one good point is that our lights out closer, Trevor Hoffman, is coming back.
Well, hope you like my preview. My next blog comes out on Saturday so be sure to read it. Team Sport Talk. Blogs about all the team sports including basketball, football, and baseball!