Milwaukee Brewers: A Walk Down 4-2 Memory Lane
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a 4-2 start in the 2018 season. Though it is still very early in the season, let’s take a walk down memory lane and reminisce on the last few times the Brewers have begun 4-2.
The Milwaukee Brewers were off to a hot start, but they dropped off. Their 2004 season ended at the bottom of the division with a record of 67-94. Craig Counsell was a member of this team.
Other big names on the roster included Ben Sheets and Geoff Jenkins. This was their first time as a National League team that they started off with a 4-2 record.
The outlook was much better for the Milwaukee Brewers a year later. They finished with a record of 81-81. This was good enough for third place in the division, behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros.
The aging Geoff Jenkins was still a member of the squad, as was Ben Sheets. But a young shortstop by the name of J.J. Hardy played his first year in the major leagues. Also breaking onto the scene was Prince Fielder, but that wasn’t until near the end of the season.
Overall, it was a decent season for the Crew. But it was also disappointing, because the goal is win enough games to make the postseason.
The Milwaukee Brewers started off 4-2 in 2012 as well. But, they once again fell into the third place spot in the division behind the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals. They finished with a record of 83-79.
Because this was only six years ago, Ryan Braun was a member of the Crew.
They finished five games back in the Wild Card race, once again missing the postseason.
I would love to say that 2014 was the year that the Milwaukee Brewers finally made it to the postseason, but that would be a lie. They once again finished in the third spot in the NL Central Division.
The St. Louis Cardinals took the top spot, and the Pittsburgh Pirates secured second and a Wild Card berth to the postseason.
There are many familiar names, including ones that are on the roster still. But, there are others that have since been traded away, like Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.
The Brewers have started off the season 4-2. First, they swept the Padres before going 1-2 against the division rival Cardinals. They worked their way from the bottom of the division in 2004 to plateauing at the third spot the next three times they started the season this way.
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Will this be the season that the Brewers finally break the trend and make the postseason after starting 4-2? With a talented young team guided by strong veteran leadership, it is a strong possiblity.