A member of the Brewers Ground Crew searches and fills in low spots on the field. (Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The Major League Baseball season starts on Thursday with a serious start. The Brewers host the Cardinals at Miller Park. The expectations of the team are of course high after last year's Game 7 of the NLCS.

Where do national writers believe that the Brewers will land? Several outlets made predictions for the pre-season, and the Brewers were, as you might expect, much appreciated – but no one gives them the division with the strength of teams like the Cubs and the Cardinals.

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Jesse Yomtov is the only one of seven experts who selects the Brewers to win the headquarters, with three being the Cubs choose and three make the choice with the Cardinals. However, two other authors see Milwaukee as a wildcard team. No brewers were mentioned in the postseason forecast.

Sports Illustrated: The Brewers Shortly Miss The Playoffs

Four sports Illustrated writers selected the Cubs to win the division, three for the Brewers and two for the Cardinals.

"It's the hardest division in baseball, and nobody seems to decide who to choose. Are you part of the reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich in Milwaukee, the electric Javy Baez in Chicago or become the Cardinals with new franchise rescuer Paul Goldschmidt and his up-and-coming ace in Jack Flaherty? Whoever ends first, will probably not prevail until the end of the season. "

The Brewers were given a vote to win the Wild Card and one Vote for the overall victory of the NL.

From a rival scout in the Brewers capsule: "I definitely think that this is a playoff team, a wildcard team, possibly a division winner, but they must get the most out of the rotation Get team. You have the prospects to act. If they can buy something, they are a serious contender for the World Series.

27. February 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers launches pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) against the Cleveland Indians during the first innings at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY Sports)

MLB.com: A Wildcard Team and a Top 10 Attack (and Still a Bullpen) [19659009] Manny Randhawa interviewed a number of experts and came to the Cubs as the winner of the Central Division, but the Brewers are one of the wildcard cards.

"Expectations for Milwaukee are high after the Brewers have won The team has been the first wildcard team in the NL to make the Cardinals 11-9 votes since 1919. Coach Craig Counsell's club is pretty much coming back entire squad back with an NL pennant victory last year, with the notable addition of catcher Yasmani Grandal.

The Brewers were ranked as the seventh-best bullpen in the game (a ranking chart injured by Corey Knebel) and the seventh-best ranking. [19659013] 19659010] The Ringer: Brewers fifth in overall weight who rankings

Michael Baumann likes what the Brewers bring in 2019, and ranks behind only a foursome with shunters: Astros, Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers.

The big question mark for the Brewers is the pitching staff, which was true last year, but in a very different way, "wrote Baumann." In 2018, the Bre who overcame the injuries of the star rotation by assembling a surprisingly good bullpen. This year, starters Jimmy Nelson, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson are returning from injuries they tracked last year, and adolescents Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes will be fully on the brink, so much depth that Anderson , the starter of the Milwaukee opener in 2018, will start the season in Bullpen.

Baumann takes seventh place for the Cardinals and Cubs 10th 19659010] ESPN: Another fifth in the Power Ranking

The same four teams are on the ESPN.com front of Milwaukee, Jesse Rogers wrote his own Attitudes for the Team.

"They are as deep in the field as ever, and there is no reason why MVP Christian Yelich can not continue where he left off," he wrote. and so are the Brewers. "

In a" worst case, "Rogers said pitching was a question mark.

" It's possible that all of these questions turn out to be their starting pitching strategy by Milwaukee Being creative with 27 outs leads to a setback. Most of this is about Josh Hader, who gives Counsell the chance to eliminate six to nine outs on each pitch. Milwaukee has hardly improved anything on the hill. Last season everything worked out. The Brewers also played the best possible baseball and barely missed the division. An ounce of complacency could cost them.

The Milwauke Brewers Christain Yelich sits down during their spring training game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo / Roy Dabner) ORG XMIT: RD255 (Photo: Roy Dabner / For the Journal Sentinel)

CBS Sports: Expect Some Regression

It is not uncommon to see speculation that the Brewers simply can not repeat their remarkable run at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

In his " 50 bold predictions," said Dayn Perry, he reckons with Christian Yelich to see his whole house go down fifteen or more in 2018 and … "Sorry, Brewers, you'll fall back to third place in 2019, but all three NL-Zentra Powers will compete against each other within four games. "[19659012] Perry also predicts that Craig Kimbrel will finally sign a one-year deal with the Brewers.

Matt Snyder occupies the Brewers ninth place in his power ranking, both with the Cubs and with the Cardinals.

"Kudos to the Brewers with the upward movement in rotation (Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff over Chase Anderson)," Synder wrote.

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