Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Brewers.2554841484.13
NL Central Division2nd1st1st4th
National League 8th5th1st7th

Season Preview


Scott Miller's Take

Here's the catch with the Brewers: Yovani Gallardo is on deck to become one of the game's true aces, and Manny Parra is brimming with promise. Will they accomplish what CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets did in 2008? Get real. But these guys are not devoid of hope. Not with Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and J.J. Hardy. They need more from Rickie Weeks and they need Bill Hall healthy. The team will feed off of a renewed vigor from Milwaukee fans who, following the team's first playoff appearance in 26 years, are snapping up tickets more quickly than last year. That interest will be fueled or sapped by what happens on the mound. Jeff Suppan disappeared last year. Braden Looper had a slow spring. David Bush seems to have arrived. In the bullpen, closer Trevor Hoffman, 41, battled a strained side muscle. Yikes.

 
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Team Info
2008 record: 90-72, .556 pct. (2nd in NL Central | NL Wild Card)
As Brewers manager: Ned Yost, entering 7th year (464-507)
Stadium: Miller Park (41,900; grass)
 
Top Prospects
1. Mat Gamel, 3B
  A good hitter at a position of need, but has serious defensive issues.
2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  Future All-Star but blocked by J.J. Hardy.
3. Angel Salome, C
  Won batting title in minors. Lost time this spring with a back strain but still could make the majors this year.
4. Jeremy Jeffress, RH/SP
  Loss of two aces could give strikeout artist chance, but has control issues.
5. Taylor Green, 3B
  Patient hitter might stick at third while Gamel moves to another position.
 
 
The Brewers are counting on a strong return from Yovani Gallardo, who was limited to four starts last season because of knee surgery. (AP)
 
Outlook
Video
Danny Knobler: Preview
Interview: Ken Macha
NL Central: Division Preview
Columns
Crew thinks Gallardo can be new Cy guy
Five things to know
 
Lineup
No.PlayerABHRAVGRBIRSB
1.R. Weeks, 2B475 14 .234 46 89 19
2.J.J. Hardy, SS 569 24 .283 74 78 2
3.R. Braun, LF611 37 .285 106 92 14
4.P. Fielder, 1B 588 34 .276 102 86 3
5.C. Hart, RF612 20 .268 91 76 23
6.M. Cameron, CF444 25 .243 70 69 17
7.B. Hall, 3B404 15 .225 55 50 5
8.J. Kendall, C 516 2 .246 49 46 R8
Pitching
No.PitcherIPW-LSVERAKsBB
1.Y. Gallardo, RH24.0 0-0 0 1.88 20 8
2.D. Bush, RH185.0 9-10 0 4.18 109 48
3.M. Parra, LH166.0 10-8 0 4.39 147 75
4.B. Looper, RH199.0 12-14 0 4.16 108 45
5.J. Suppan, RH177.2 10-10 0 4.96 90 67
CLC. Villanueva, RH 108.1 4-7 1 4.07 93 30
 
 
 
2017 Team Leaders
AVGTravis Shaw , 3B.298
HREric Thames , 1B23
RBITravis Shaw , 3B69
OBPDomingo Santana , RF.386
SLGTravis Shaw , 3B.571
REric Thames , 1B60
SBJonathan Villar , 2B18
WZach Davies , SP11
ERAJimmy Nelson , SP3.27
WHIPJimmy Nelson , SP1.22
KJimmy Nelson , SP127
SVCorey Knebel , RP16

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