Opening Day is upon us, but for whatever reason, the Brewers don't start until tomorrow. While that sucks, it gives us an extra day to come up with out Brewer predictions for the year.
Since the beginning of this blog, I have been off on my win totals. In 2007, I predicted 75 to 78 victories. I was a couple short that year as the Brewers reached the 82-win mark (I think, I don't exactly remember. Last year I came back with a prediction of a 78-win season. Well, that was terrible, what was I thinking.
This year, I think I am going to go with a 83-79 record. It seems pretty clear this year what the issues are. Same position players, new bench and a new pitching staff. The one thing I like about this team is that they made the playoffs last season and I think it is safe to say that nobody on the offensive side played out of their minds good last season. If the Brewers can have some guys have better than expected seasons, this team could be an offensive juggernaut. After years of dislike, I am fully on the J.J. Hardy bandwagon. As my buddy Tony said, when he is on, he is an MVP candidate, when he is off, he is just Corey Hart. Well said my friend.
However, I share the same concerns everyone else does, the pitching staff. That thing just scares me. But you never know, maybe Bush and Parra put together full seasons and Gallardo becomes that #1 starter that everyone thinks he will be. Maybe Chuckie V. comes out on fire in the closers role. who knows. I just don't want to see Julio in too many games.
Anyway, what are your predictions for the Brewers this year?