Pittsburgh Pirates NL Central Rivals: Milwaukee Brewers

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Pittsburgh Pirates struggled against Guerra in 2016
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Pitching last season for the Brewers was subpar as a whole, with the team collectively having a 1.38 WHIP (23rd in MLB) and a .263 Batting Average Against (24th in MLB). Unfortunately for the Brewers, they dealt their best reliever, Tyler Thornburg (0.94 WHIP and .162 BAA in 2016). His lost production in the bullpen should at least partly be made up for by the signing of former Pirate Neftali Feliz.

As for the Brewers rotation, nothing has changed from last year. The late blossoming Junior Guerra (32 years old) is looking to have a successful follow-up to his breakout 2016 season which saw him post a 1.13 WHIP and .211 BAA over 121.2 innings pitched. Additionally, Zach Davies is looking to build upon a moderately successful rookie campaign that saw him post a 1.25 WHIP, .260 BAA, and a 3.89 FIP. If the 24-year-old can take a significant step in his development this season, the Brewers rotation will be a lot more solidified.