With spring arriving early in the North Woods, it’s pretty easy to think about baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers.  

The Brewers, after finishing the COVID-19 shortened season in 2020 with a record of 29-31 and sneaking into the playoffs, have high expectations for a successful 2021 season.

The Brew Crew looks to make it four straight trips to the postseason. With some off-season acquisitions, the Brewers defense and pitching should be improved in 2021. The question mark might be with the offense.

But there is hope, as the Brewers  hit more home runs during spring training than all but one team. Maybe Milwaukee’s bats are ready to break out. 

While some baseball experts do not like the Milwaukee Brewers entering this season, others peg Milwaukee for winning the N.L. Central. 

Let’s hope the 2021 version of the Milwaukee Brewers takes that next step. The additions of Kolten Wong at second base and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the outfield, along with the return of Lorenzo Cain, means three Gold Glove caliber players on the roster that were not there last season.

The outfield also has Christian Yelich, who coming off a down year, has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Hopefully, he will return as one of the best hitters in baseball. Meanwhile, Avisail Garcia and Omar Narvaez are apt to hit better than they did in 2020. Cain, Wong and Bradley are all additions that were not in Milwaukee in 2020. Those six players will make up for a lot that was not present in 2020. 

And maybe Keston Hiura can hit at a high level and Luis Urias and Travis Shaw might take positive steps offensively too.

On the mound, Milwaukee’s pitching should be very good. Brandon Woodruff has been the top-of-the-rotation workhorse for this team for a couple of years now. Woodruff has come into his own and should be considered one of the better starting pitchers in the game. Barring injury, look for a big season out of him.

Corbin Burnes took his big step last season and was a challenger for Cy Young votes prior to an injury that derailed his final start of the season. If he is able to put up a full season like he did in 2020, Milwaukee has a 1-2 punch in their rotation as good as anyone in baseball.

Looking at the lineup, this Brewers team should have a solid defense, plenty of good pitching and an offense that could produce a lot of runs. Unfortunately, injuries can derail a team.

Let’s hope the Brewers will have an exciting 2021 season.