2012 Miluakee Brewers Season Preview
The 4-2 NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and exit of slugger Prince Fielder were hard to take for Brewers fans, but rest assured the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers are stubborn and coming back for more. Reigning MVP Ryan Braun hit for the highest average of his career in 2011 at .332, offensively leading a talented Brewers lineup that led the National League in home runs. Corey Hart repeated his success of 2010 by smacking another 26 HRs while Rickie Weeks tacked on 20 of his own. Both will be counted on to pick up the slack left by Fielder’s departure. New to the Brewers lineup is long-time Cub Aramis Ramirez. Signing a three-year deal, Ramirez brings a bat to the middle of the order that hit 26 HRs and 93 RBI in 2011. Ramirez hit 35 doubles last season to help earn the first Silver Slugger award of his career. On the pitching side, Milwaukee had a staff that was 6th-7th in the national league by most measures. They’ll be counting on the same group in 2012, as all five starters return to the Miller Park mound. John Axford will hold down the fort in the closer role again, after notching 46 saves last season. Also returning is Francisco Rodriguez, who put up good numbers in the short time he played for the Brewers after the trade with New York at the deadline. He’ll likely be the set up made to bridge the gap to Axford. Milwaukee will welcome the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals to Miller Park on April 6 to open the season.
2010 Miluakee Brewers Season Preview
In 2008, the Milwaukee Brewers reached the MLB playoffs for the first time in 26 years. After falling short of fall ball last season, the Brew Crew are itching to return to postseason play in 2010 - and they've got a team with enough muscle to get the job done. Two of the most exciting players in baseball, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, form the heart of the Brewers lineup. Standing 5'11'' and weighing 270 pounds, Fielder is a sight to behold as he uncoils on pitches left in the strike zone, shattering the air with his mighty swings. The two-time All-Star first baseman has whacked 50, 34 and 46 home runs in his last three seasons, respectively, and shows no signs of slowing down. Ryan Braun, the second half of the Brewers' bash brothers combo, may seem downright skinny standing next to teammate Prince Fielder, but the left fielder packs a big punch. Braun won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, and has been torturing opposing pitchers ever since. With the Beermakers sending balls out of the park on a nightly basis, young ace pitcher Yovani Gallardo will be the go-to guy to get outs and lead the Milwaukee club to postseason play.
2009 Miluakee Brewers Season Preview
The Milwaukee Brewers come into 2009 after completing a highly successful 2008 season. The Brew Crew competed until the final days of the '08 season to earn a spot in the National League playoffs. Gone in 2009 is hired gun CC Sabathia, who moved on to a huge contract with the Yankees. Milwaukee returns a roster stacked with talent, though. From pitchers Jeff Suppan and Braden Looper to position players Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks; there is no reason to think the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers cannot be even better than last year. Better for the Brewers could mean a trip to the World Series.
2008 Miluakee Brewers Season Preview
Considered a “sleeper team” in the 2007 season, and finishing with the best record since the early 1990's - nearly making the playoffs - the Milwaukee Brewers truly are a team to watch this season. The Brewers have strong talent with players like Tony Gwynn Jr., Prince Fielder, and Ryan Braun, and look poised to take the Central Division this year and contend for tops of the National League. Brewers fans will fill majestic Miller Park by the tens of thousands to root for their home team to finally have the break out year Milwaukee has long dreamed about.