The Milwaukee Brewers have been playing pretty good baseball lately. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
When the Brewers were struggling in early and mid-August, many fans believed they were witnessing another second half collapse. However, the Crew has rebounded from their struggles and are now just one game back of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central division title.
Since those back to back losses to the Cardinals in mid-August, the Milwaukee Brewers have rattled off seven straight series victories, winning 16 of their last 22 games. This was the stretch they needed to get on if they were going to win the division.
Going into these final six games against the Cubs, the Brewers likely needed to win five of those six games to have a shot at the division. They ended up winning four. But since the Cubs lost two of three against the Nationals during the series in between, the Crew was able to gain that extra ground.
A Promising Surge
The postseason does not determine the best team in baseball. The postseason determines which team is hottest. There are tons of examples of teams that weren’t the best in the league that year, but they caught fire at the right time and made a run. That’s shaping up to be the Milwaukee Brewers this season.
Those teams that win and get hot normally start that hot streak in late August/early September and just continue playing hot baseball through October.
The Brewers have won seven straight series, and they’ve made up four games in the standings in the last week. The National League is wide open right now. There isn’t a single dominant team that the Milwaukee Brewers can’t beat. A trip to the World Series is up for grabs, and the Brewers would have an equal shot at landing it.
There also just seems to be something special about this Brewers team. With all the walk-off victories, the clubhouse culture, the veteran leadership, the connection with each other, it’s special. This isn’t something you see every day.
No one can quantify that with any statistics. But this team just seems to have it. It’s hard to explain, but having that something special could be enough to power this team to a deep run.
This Brewers team has deficiencies, to be sure. They aren’t perfect. The rotation lacks a true ace, and the starting pitchers rarely go more than five innings. This can lead to the bullpen being overused and blowing up late in October. But it’s working right now, and it’s too late to make any more additions to the rotation.
But deficiencies like that have been overcome in the past, and they can be overcome again. It’s just a matter of how long they can keep up this hot streak. But if they can keep it up through the rest of this month, they can win the division. And if they win the division, nothing is out of reach.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a pretty good chance to make their first postseason appearance since 2011 this year. Whether that’s as a division champ or a wild card remains to be seen, but their odds of winning the division have shot up dramatically.