MLB National League Central Milwaukee Brewers 2022
In 2021, the Brewers finished the regular season with a 95-67 record, which was good enough to win the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals by five games.
Heading into the 2022 season, the Brewers are once again expected to contend for the division title. They have the 10th-best odds of winning the World Series.
Their strength lies in their pitching. Not only do they have one of the best trios of starting pitchers in the majors with Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta, but they also have a fantastic bullpen led by Josh Hader and Devin Williams.
Despite working on a limited budget, the Brewers did make some signings before the MLB lockout. They signed relievers Trevor Gott and Rex Brothers, outfielder David Dahl, and catcher Pedro Severino to deals.
It would also not be surprising to see the Brewers try to add some offense prior to the season, especially after their best hitter from last season, Asivail Garcia, signed with the Marlins.
Despite an offense that ranked just 15th in scoring last season (4.48 runs per game), the defense more than makes up for it as they ranked third in scoring defense (allowing just 3.83 runs per game).
For that reason, Brewers’ fans are optimistic for another great season in 2022. What they are really hoping for, though, is to end the World Series drought that has plagued the team since their inception. Perhaps 2022 might just be the season to get that done.
MLB National League Central Milwaukee Brewers History
Created as an American League expansion team in 1969, the Milwaukee Brewers’ franchise did not start in the city of Milwaukee. For one season, the team played in the state of Washington as the Seattle Pilots.
After their initial season, the team moved to Milwaukee and changed their name to the Brewers, which they have been ever since.
The franchise was one of two American League teams that started in 1968, with the other being the Kansas City Royals. As a result, these two teams participated in an expansion draft in October of 1968.
With their first pick, the Pilots (Brewers) chose first baseman Don Mincher from the California Angels. The rest of their top five picks included outfielder Tommy Harper (Indians), shortstop Ray Oyler (Tigers), catcher Jerry McNertney (White Sox), and pitcher Buzz Stephen (Twins).
Their first season, 1969, was also when divisions were introduced to MLB. The organization started in the American League West (1969-1971), but they also played in the A.L. East (1972-1993) and the A.L. Central (1994-1997).
In 1998, in an effort to balance the two leagues, the Brewers moved over to the N.L. Central, where they have been ever since. The Brewers and Houston Astros are the only two teams in history to switch leagues.
When the team first started in 1969, they played in Sick’s Stadium in Seattle. After the move to Milwaukee, they played in the Milwaukee County Stadium from 1970 to 2000. Finally, in 2001, they moved into their current home at American Family Field.
Since their first season in 1969, the Brewers hold a record just under .500. They are 4,037 – 4,315 overall, good for a .483 winning percentage.