For baseball fans the GREATEST DAY of the year is coming up, and if it was a SINGLE SET DAY across all MLB then it should be a "National Holiday"... at least in my book. That day is "Opening Day."
The Brewers fell on hard times the last two season, and will try to make a run for the post season this year. According to the Vegas "books" the Crew's win record is set at 79 1/2, a game and a half below .500, nowhere near where it needs to be make the post season. The Brewers play in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, just look how last season panned out 3 of the 5 teams in the N.L. Central made the post season. The Cardinals won the division, with the Pirates and Reds securing the 2 Wild Card spots.
The health of the team is crucial, and right out of the gates there is a chance that the Brewers 2013 All-Star shortstop, Jean Segura (above) may start the season on the disabled list. Here's manager Ron Roenicke on Segura's chance of starting on Opening Day:
Another question mark is starting pitching, which is said to be looking good, and set with Gallardo (above), Lohse, Garza, Peralta, and Estrada. Here is Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo about the pitching staff and the team:
The Brewers have a tough schedule right out of the box, and it will definitely test them. If they are able to handle the first month's gauntlet, and play solid .500 ball with a few decent runs, they should be right there jockeying for a wild card spot at the end of the season, and playing ball in October.
My prediction is that if this team stays healthy it can, and will put up 91 wins...anybody have any Vegas connections?
(Photos courtesy of Amy Baker and Jen Szczepanski)