Under normal circumstances, we would be very close to the opening day of the new MLB season, but as it stands right now, things are very much in limbo. The coronavirus scare has had an impact on sports all across the country, with the MLS season just one of the many casualties. There is no official timeframe for a return to action, with the latest update suggesting that we are looking at a mid-May start at the very earliest. These are necessary precautions and we all just need to be a little more patient for the next month or so. For now, though, we can take some time to look ahead to when the season does start by breaking down every team in the league. For this piece, let’s head to the NL Central for a closer look at the Milwaukee Brewers. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Season.
Milwaukee Brewers Analysis Before 2020 Season Start
Milwaukee Brewers 2019 Season Performance
The race for the Central Division last year was a wild one, with 3 teams slugging it out for what would eventually be a pair of playoff spots. The Milwaukee Brewers nabbed one of those laces by finishing second, 2 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. They ended up losing 4-3 to the Washington Nationals in the Wild Card game, but this teams very much looks to be on the brink of something big if they can become a little more consistent.
In fairness to the Brewers, their season looked dead and buried when they lost Christian Yelich in September. Yelich led in just about every offensive category for the Brewers, so that they were able to get to the postseason without him says something about this squad. The Brewers hammered home 769 runs last season, while surrendering 766.
We can probably expect another tight battle at the top of the Central Division this season, and you would expect the Brewers to be right there in the thick of it.
Milwaukee Brewers Offseason Moves
The Brewers were one of the more active teams in the offseason, making moves that led to no less than 13 players on the 40-man roster from last season moving on. Of real concern here is the loss of Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas, both of whom will be playing in different uniforms this season. Between them, that pair accounted for 164 of the runs batted in by the Brewers last season, so those are some rather large shoes that need to be filled. The Brewers did not go out and spend big this offseason, which is no real surprise for a small market team. They will be looking for some veteran players to have solid seasons, while also hoping for some nice returns from the newer, younger players on the staff.
How the Bookies See the Milwaukee Brewers
Even with all the changes to their lineup, I still expect the Brewers to be challenging for the Central Division crown once we head down the homestretch. The bookies would seem to agree, as they have them at +260 and the second favorite in the Central. As far as the World Series goes, the Brewers are currently listed at +4000.