Opening Day 2014: Milwaukee Brewers Season Outlook

Opening Day 2014 Milwaukee Brewers Season Outlook

Opening Day 2014 Milwaukee Brewers
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The Milwaukee Brewers have high expectations for the 2014 MLB season, which is usually what happens when the organization provides the highest team salary in franchise history. There are many non-believers who expect to see the Brewers take another step backwards. However, I believe is destined to surprise the baseball world, assuming injuries don’t ravish the team as it has done in the past.

Top 5 Hitters

Hitters
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Top 5 Hitters

Hitters
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1. Ryan Braun – The entire season rests on what he accomplishes at the plate
2. Carlos Gomez – Another productive year could be the reason Milwaukee reaches the playoffs
3. Aramis Ramirez – A healthy performance could make the Brewers’ offense incredibly dangerous
4. Jean Segura – Expectations continue to rise for one of baseball’s budding stars
5. Jonathan Lucroy – His sights should be set on becoming the top offensive catcher in the NL

Top 5 Pitchers

Pitchers
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Top 5 Pitchers

Pitchers
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1. Yovani Gallardo – The ace must turn it around and become the pitcher we all know he can be
2. Kyle Lohse – Another stellar season will be a big reason why Brewers will be in contention
3. Matt Garza – Plenty will rest on his ability to dominate on the mound
4. Marco Estrada – Get ready for a career year out of the starter who has unlimited potential
5. Francisco Rodriguez – Leadership in the bullpen will be pivotal to the success of the team

Top 5 Newcomers

Newcomers
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Top 5 Newcomers

Newcomers
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1. Matt Garza – High expectations rest with top offseason acquisition
2. Mark Reynolds – Home runs and run production is all he should be focused on
3. Will Smith – Quality left-hander is exactly what the bullpen needs
4. Francisco Rodriguez – K-Rod needs to make his nickname ring once again
5. Lyle Overbay – Possible bench role if he’s lucky

Top 5 Rookies Prospects

Rookies Prospects
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Top 5 Rookies/Prospects

Rookies Prospects
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1. Jimmy Nelson – Sky is the limit for the top prospect in the organization
2. Johnny Hellweg – Domination in the minors needs to transition to big leagues
3. Victor Roache – Power must continue, patience at the plate must improve
4. Tyrone Taylor – Unlimited potential has Milwaukee excited
5. Hunter Morris – The right amount of power that the Brewers need at first base

Final Record/Division Standing Prediction

Final Record
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Final Record/Division Standing Prediction

Final Record
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Many MLB experts project the Brewers to finish last in the NL Central division, even behind the lowly Chicago Cubs. The safe bet is certainly to say that Milwaukee will find themselves in the bottom two once the 2014 season concludes. The NL Central is expected to be the hardest division in baseball once again. However, I believe Milwaukee could be the sleeper. Expect the Brewers to finish 84-78 with an outside chance of a playoff berth.

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