Another summer full of promise gets underway today. I’ve spent a lot of time and words in this space in the past making assessments and speculating on the fate of the local 9 from year to year. There’s so much to read, though, in so many places, so I’ll try to keep my comments more brief. Here’s a list of 10 things I think we’ll see from the Brewers this season.
- Trevor Hoffman will become the first pitcher in baseball history to hit 600 saves for his career, before June 1.
- Veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds will get more playing time between center and right than anyone would have predicted when he signed.
- Ryan Braun will hit over .300 again, and pace the ballclub in batting average.
- Prince Fielder will hit over 40 homeruns again, and will get mentioned again when we reach MVP chatter time.
- Alcides Escobar will be a Rookie of the Year candidate, and he’ll win it if he can hit over .260.
- Yovanni Gallardo will win 15 games.
- One of the team’s young catching prospects (Angel Salome or Jonathan Lucroy) will be called up to the team by the 4th of July.
- Jeff Suppan will be traded or released before July 1.
- We’re going to watch the opener in open-air sunshine.
- The Brewers will win 86 games.
Enjoy the season!