Though the Brewers made a few big offseason splashes, signing Lorenzo Cain and trading for Christian Yelich, they're still contending in a top-heavy NL Central featuring the dominant Chicago Cubs and potentially dangerous St. Louis Cardinals.
On the back of a strong offense, the Brewers could certainly make a run and mirror last year's club that won 86 games and contended for a division crown, or thanks to a lack of depth on the mound, they could fall victim to the long slog of a 162 game season and come up short of the playoffs for the seventh straight year.
Here's home some national outlets see the Brewers 2018 playoff chances playing out:
The famous prediction site says the Brewers have a 42 percent chance of making October and will finish with an 85-77 record. They also give them a 20 percent chance of winning the division and a 3 percent chance at the world series.
Another analytics site, they give the Brewers a 45 percent chance at the playoffs and in their simulations, the Brewers finished with 84.4 wins and 77.6 losses. They also give them a 24 percent chance at the division crown, a 21 percent chance at the Wild Card and a 3 percent chance at the World Series.
ESPN polled 29 of their experts. 28 picked the Cubs to win the division, and one, Sarah Langs, picked the Brewers.
"The Brewers were in it last year -- their 69 days spent in first place in the NL Central were the most of any team in any division to miss the playoffs," she said. "They got better in the offseason, notably adding Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. They’ll be competing with a Cubs team that’s pretty similar to 2017."
ESPN also included a fan poll.
Of 70,464 total votes, 17 percent of fans predicted the Brewers to win the division, 64 percent predicted the Cubs and 14 percent predicted the Cardinals.
The betting site has the Brewers sitting at +525 odds to win the NL Central, third best in the division. The Cubs are listed at -275 and the Cardinals are at +375. So, if you put some money down on the Brewers right now and they pull it off, you'll get a solid return on investment.
A full staff of seven predictions, the Brewers finally got a majority of writers to Jon Tayler, Michael Beller, Connor Grossman, and Gabriel Baumgaertner all predicted the Brewers to make the playoffs.
Grossman even predicted the Brewers to make the NLCS, ultimately losing to the Cubs.
As for awards, Stephanie Apstein predicted Christian Yelich as a dark horse for the NL MVP, and three writers, Jack Dickey, Grossman, and Baumgaertner all predicted Craig Counsell would win manager of the year.
Some other bold predictions, Ben Reiter said the Brewers would be the biggest flop of 2018 and Michael Beller said the Brewers, A's and Phillies would pull off a three-team trade featuring Ryan Braun and Jake Arrieta.