Opening day is April 4—that’s just 87 days from now, and to celebrate that we are going to have our own countdown here at Reviewing the Brew. Whether it’s a stat, a player, a team, or even a jersey number, it’s going to come down to something pertaining to Brewer’s history. Today I am going to look at the ’87 Brewers and their red hot start of 13-0.
The ‘87 Brewers were led by Skipper Tom Trebelhorn outscoring opponents 91-53 in their 13-0 run. The 1987 season was a whirlwind Paul Molitor hit for 39 games straight captivating the imagination of Brewers Fans alike, and Juan Nieves threw the first and only no-hitter in Brewers history all while the Brewers compiled a 91-71 record to finish the season third in the AL East.
The 13-0 start for the Brewers tied the MLB record for wins to start the season, the only other team to do that was the 1982 Braves. The Brewers set another streak record that season as well, losing 12 in a row and setting the Franchise record for consecutive losses. The Brewers went from propelling themselves to a red hot start to seemingly fizzling out of the any sort of season.
They turned themselves around in a 49-28 second half, the second best record in that time, and only a half-game behind the Tigers, who had the best record in that time span.
Combined with a 13-0 start and then losing 12 in a row, the Brewers added onto the whirlwind with Ted Higuera throwing 32 straight scoreless innings, throwing a 3-hitter, a 2-hitter and a 1-hitter while winning 11 of his 14 last decisions.
While the Brewers were 13/14 in home runs, they did lead the league in stolen bases, adding to an already whirl wind season.