4. Milwaukee Brewers
If you had to pick one team to watch 162 times this season, the Milwaukee Brewers might be your best bet to see an exciting, well-played game every single night. The Brew Crew has a dynamic lineup led by Christian Yelich, who has continued to activate God Mode in 2019 after winning NL MVP last season. Milwaukee is going to hit a ton of dingers and play with reckless abandon, and when games are late and close, you’ll get to see Josh Hader strike out the side on eight pitches (if anyone could do it, it’s Hader).
Hader is going to be asked to carry a huge load for the Brewers bullpen after Corey Knebel was ruled out for the year and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Starting pitcher Chase Anderson will slide to the bullpen as he continues to recover from his own injuries. The relief corps is still thin for Milwaukee, which makes them more of a contender to sign Craig Kimbrel. That being said, they will keep an eye on the market for Dallas Keuchel.
The Brewers can go get one of these two All-Stars, and they will be best served by staying in touch with both players’ camps. Milwaukee came within a game of going to the World Series last year, and they were well ahead of schedule in their championship window. With total payroll still under $125 million, there is flexibility to add one more big name to a stacked roster.
In terms of overall impact, adding 25 starts from Keuchel over 50 innings from Kimbrel is likely more valuable over the course of 162 games for a team like the Brewers who already have one of the best relievers in the league. Looking ahead to October, however, Kimbrel becomes more valuable. There are worse problems to have for a MLB team than deciding which All-Star pitcher to add to a 96-win team.