Through an aggressive trade and at least one big free agent signing, the Milwaukee Brewers look like a much-improved team from last year’s 86-win squad.  They open the 2018 Major League Baseball season with a 3:10 P-M game today (Thursday) against the San Diego Padres.  If Milwaukee shelling out millions to sign Lorenzo Cain and trading for Christian Yelich surprised the baseball world, it was a revelation when San Diego inked World Series M-V-P and first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, 144-million dollar contract.  Both teams feel they are ready to challenge for post-season play.  Clayton Richard pitches for San Diego today against Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson.