The Milwaukee Brewers are back on track in a sense, but the important games that count happen in September. How many games do they have against NL Central opponents in the final stretch?
Upcoming games against the Central
Afer today’s off day, the Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh is coming off of a three-game losing streak that saw them swept by the Atlanta Braves. They are now 7 1/2 games back of the NL Wild Card and 10 1/2 games back from the top of the Central.
After the Pirates series, the Milwaukee Brewers will head to Cincinnati August 28th through the 30th, where they will take on the pesky Reds. Cincinnati will pose a tougher challenge this time around since they will have Joey Votto and Scott Schebler back off of the disabled list. The Reds offense is sure to be a thorn in Milwaukee’s side. The pitching will need to step up their game in order for the Brewers to stay in the push for a playoff spot.
Crucial Cubs series soon
On September 3rd through the 6th, the Milwaukee Brewers will start a crucial three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. This time around it will take place in Milwaukee.
It will catch the Cubs at the right time. They will be in a stretch of 21 straight games starting today. Chicago plays from August 23rd to September 12th with no off days in between.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to take advantage of their I-94 rivals, especially if they come into Miller Park fatigued.
If we jump ahead on the calendar to September 10th, the Brewers will head to the unfriendly confines of Wrigley Field for another three-game set. This is where it could get very interesting depending on how the Cubs fare during there long stretch of games and if Milwaukee holds up their end until this point.
An important final stretch
From September 14th until the 26th, the Brewers will take on the Pirates for another three-game series. Immediately after they will take on the Reds for three. Once that home stand has concluded they will fly to Pittsburgh and finish out the season series.
Suds Series Revenge?
The Milwaukee Brewers missed the playoffs by only one game last season. If it had not been for the arch-rival of the past decade, the Brewers could have seen October baseball. For the second to last series of the season, the Brewers will head to St. Louis and take on what could be a playoff deciding series.
The Cardinals, who knocked the Brewers out of the Wild Card on the last game in 2017, will have their hands full with the playoff-hungry squad from Milwaukee.
We all know the Brewers would love nothing more than to just ride into Busch Stadium and make a statement. Before we even think about that though we need to take care of the other business in the division.
In fact, the only teams that the Brewers play who are not in the NL Central are the Nationals from August 31st- 2nd in Washington. Then, they meet the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park September 7th-9th, and then they play the Detroit Tigers for the final regular season series of 2018 on September 28th-30th.
The schedule could be in the Milwaukee Brewers’ favor if they can get going on a hot streak and shift the momentum back in their direction.