In the beginning of the 2017 season, the Milwaukee Brewers were thought to be one of the most inexperienced teams coming into the year.
To start the year they were a roster of players just trying to make a name for themselves and start to actually play every day for the first time in their careers.
The national media paid no attention to Milwaukee Brewers, even when the team started its current run in first place back in early May and has not looked back since.
The Brewers are now in first place. 4.5 games ahead of the Cubs in the N.L. Central heading into the All Star Break. The doubters have seemed to quiet down recently and the Brew Crew is being given the spotlight treatment, well sort of.
Eric Sogard, Eric Thames, Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Manny Pina, Keon Broxton and Orlando Arcia make up this line-up on a daily basis. Half of these players probably would not have been starters on any other contender.
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Until now that is. Now that every single player on this team has taken strides to prove that they belong in the majors. It is truly a great story that will hopefully have a great ending in October.
We have not even mentioned the bench that has contributed to some of the most clutch moments this season. Jesus Aguilar had his shining moment tonight in New York, Stephen Vogt is quickly becoming a fan favorite, and Jonathan Villar is a deadly weapon with his speed.
To put the icing on the cake, there are now rumors starting to swirl that the team interest in the two most sought after pitchers at the trade deadline: Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana. If that does not say that this team is really looking to make a deep playoff run, what will?
If the Brewers somehow add one of the two mentioned, it could propel this team to the top. It has seen unexpectedly great starting pitching this season. Chase Anderson headlines the role of ace. With Jimmy Nelson, Junior Guerra, Matt Garza and Zach Davies all having good or decent seasons as well.
The addition of a Gray or a Quintana would send a warning the National League, because we already know that the offense is for real.
We need to stop using the term “enjoy the ride”. We should start having higher expectations as fans and realize that the rebuild that started just two years ago. It could be finished and we can start reaping the rewards.