Nobody wants to lose in the League Championship Series round. Losing in the LCS is all the more painful because you’re so close to winning the pennant, which would bring you so close to winning the World Series. For the Houston Astros, they can look at the ALCS and wonder why a roster that looked so good on paper was knocked out in five games. For the Milwaukee Brewers, there’s nothing worse than losing a Game 7.
But what’s done is done. For teams and their fans alike, it’s time to turn the page and think about what’s ahead. The goal is to get back at least as far next season. It’s time to plan for how these teams can make that happen.
Once you get over the heartbreak of playoff elimination, the offseason is its own kind of fun. You don’t even have to think of it as the offseason, so much — it’s just a different sort of baseball season, a baseball season without games, but dozens of significant decisions. What happens over the following few months will go a long way toward determining how things play out on the field next year. Let’s lay out the offseasons for the Astros and Brewers with an outline of where things stand, along with a few suggested transactions.