Tomorrow, the season opens in Cincinnati, and if the Brewers don't make the playoffs, it's likely that Doug Melvin will let Fielder walk (waddle?), trade Greinke and/or Weeks and/or anyone vaguely above replacement level, driving the club into a Selig-like extended rebuilding period. But let us not think such thoughts. Tomorrow is a day of hope, where the grass is green and everyone is in 1st place. So, to start the season on a positive note, here are some possibly overlooked things that could push the Brew Crew into October (What, it's still March?).
Rickie Weeks: After looking to be on track for a great 2009 before getting hurt, Weeks had the year people had been waiting for since he was drafted #2 overall in 2002. If he can come anywhere close to matching his 2010, Weeks will be a boon to a lineup that already features Braun, Fielder, McGehee, and Carlos Gomez. Gomez joke aside, Weeks is an underrated contributor who could bring the team over the top with a healthy, productive season.
Jon Lucroy: Lucroy is almost certain to improve on his .253/.300/.329 rookie campaign, another possible improvement to an already potent lineup. (BE-TAN-COURT! BE-TAN-COURT!) Lucroy has posted solid lines in each of his minor league seasons, and barring a Wil Nieves addiction on the part of Ron Roenicke, Lucroy is ready to become an above-average backstop.
More of these to come soon.