While there is still five weeks left in the 2018 regular season and the Brewers are in the midst of the playoff race, MLB has released the 2019 schedule for every team.
The Brewers will kick off the new season at Miller Park with a four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. This series will be one of three that takes place against the Cardinals in just this month alone.
Ten of the total nineteen games that these two teams will play in 2019, take place in March and April. The Brewers and Cardinals won’t meet again until August 19th after those series take place. So it will be important to get off to a good start against the Redbirds since they will have just three more series the entire rest of the season.
The Brewers will also have played both of their season series against the Dodgers in the month of April. This is one good team the Brewers won’t have to worry about facing down the stretch, but it gives these early games even more significance with potential head-to-head tiebreakers being determined in April.
The Brewers will have their typical home-and-home series against the Twins that will consist of two games each but they’ll also have to face the tough AL West. In 2018, three of the top overall AL teams come from the western division and include Oakland, Seattle and Houston.
Milwaukee will host Seattle but have to travel to Oakland for what could be a difficult three game series. They will have two home games and two road games against the Astros. Also, they’ll play the Angels on the road and the Rangers at home. Unless these teams drastically change, it doesn’t appear the Brewers will have as favorable of a draw as they did this season with the AL Central.
The Dog Days Of Summer
After the All-Star Break, the Milwaukee Brewers will run into a potentially tough stretch of games that will involve a lot of travel and some difficult opponents. At the end of July and into early August, the Crew will play nine games in nine days and will travel from Milwaukee to Oakland, back to Chicago, and then out to Pittsburgh.
They will be crossing a number of time zones and none of those games will be certain wins. Oakland and Chicago are both in the playoff race during this season and Pittsburgh is always a tough team that will continue to improve.
Like this year, the Milwaukee Brewers will have 19 games against each of their divisional opponents. Against the Cubs and Cardinals, the Crew will have the advantage by having 10 of the 19 games played at Miller Park. In what will most likely be another close divisional race next year, having that advantage could be very helpful for Milwaukee and a difference maker.
During their 19 games against the Reds and Pirates, the Brewers will have nine home games and ten on the road. The Pirates will be a tough team to beat, like this year, but hopefully the Brewers can continue their success at Great American Ballpark, where the Reds play, like they have in 2018.
The 2019 September portion of the schedule did not end up as desirable for Milwaukee as this year did. They will have their longest stretch of games in the whole season that will include 18 games in 18 days and they’ll have just two off-days the entire month.
The Crew will also have just 13 home games, while playing 27 games total. For comparison, this September the Brewers will play just 24 total games and 15 of them will be at home. This difficult schedule at this time of the year could prove to be a key factor on whether the Brewers make or miss the playoffs.
The two big takeaways from their 2019 schedule are the first and last months of the season. Given their opponents early on in March and April, it will be important for Milwaukee to get off to a good start just as they did this season. While in September, they will have a difficult stretch and will need to be playing some of their best baseball.
Here’s to hoping the Milwaukee Brewers enter opening day, 2019 off of a 2018 playoff season!