You remember the Milwaukee Brewers?
Young, analytically inclined GM with a long baseball resumÃƒÂ©. David Stearns is 14 years younger than Dick Williams. Yet, Stearns had worked for four major league clubs before joining the Brewers, including a three-year stint with the Houston Astros as assistant GM. He’s smart, aggressive and killing it so far in his new job.
Team finished second in the NL Central with a record of 86-76. 13-game improvement over 2016. Missed the play-in by one game.
Despite a returning outfield of Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana, the Brewers added Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain this offseason. If they slide Braun to first base as expected, the outfield will be Yelich, Cain and Santana. That moves Eric Thames (2.1 fWAR) to the bench. Thames is the guy that hit eleventy billion home runs off Reds pitching last year, in April.
If would be a shock if the Brewers don’t use their surplus of young, major league position players to land a top-tier starting pitcher, like Chris Archer.
Meanwhile, the Brewers still have three players ranked in the Top-100 Prospects in baseball by Baseball America. The Reds have four.
The Reds travel to the Maryvale Baseball Park to face Milwaukee at 3:05 p.m. ET. Television on FSO and radio on WSAI-1360. Here is the Reds lineup:
- Billy Hamilton CF (Herrera, R)
- Eugenio Suarez 3B (Blandino)
- JoeyÃ‚Â Votto 1B (Kivlehan)
- Scooter Gennett 2B (Long)
- Adam Duvall LF (Elizalde)
- Tucker Barnhart C (Turner, Tromp)
- Jose Peraza SS (Pennington)
- Phil Gosselin DH (Dixon)
- Mason Williams RF (Aquino)
Players in parentheses are expected to enter the game around the fifth inning.
And making his 2018 debut on the mound, Anthony DeSclafani. Also scheduled/available to pitch: Mahle, Stephens, Floro, Herget, Weiss, Astin, Rowen
Chase Anderson starts for Milwaukee.