The Milwaukee Brewers suffered a losing homestand after falling in three of four games to the Los Angeles Dodgers and taking two of three from the Cardinals.
In Week 4’s MLB Power Rankings on MLB.com by Alyson Footer, the Milwaukee Brewers have dropped from the top five teams in the league, and are no longer the top ranked team in the NL Central.
After winning the first two games of the week against the Cardinals, they fell shy of completing the sweep and then dropped a couple of duds against the Dodgers. The crushing Easter Sunday 6-5 loss left a bad taste in fans’ mouths for the homestand.
Where Are The Brewers Ranked This Week?
Footer has the Brewers ranked as the No. 7 team in baseball this week, dropping two spots from the previous week when they were still in the Top 5.
The Astros once again sit in the top spot, followed by the Dodgers, Rays, Phillies, and Cardinals to round out the Top 5. Despite taking two of three from St. Louis this week and five of seven on the season, the Cardinals are ranked as the better team than the Crew.
The Yankees are in sixth, just ahead of the Crew. Then the Indians, Pirates, and Twins round out the Top 10.
Why The Drop This Week?
Sure, the week started off on the right foot, winning the first two games of the Cardinals series. Christian Yelich was carrying the offense once again and they made those games look easy. The offense was then shut down by Michael Wacha to end that series.
The starting pitching has also been mediocre for the most part all week long. Short starts and lack of offensive output have put a strain on this Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. It’s also been tough for an offense that mostly had to play from behind.
Chase Anderson put together a strong start on Saturday, leading to a shutout victory over the Dodgers, their only win of that series. Outside of that, the rotation wasn’t looking too good all week long.
After going 3-4 on the homestand this week, their first losing homestand in a long time, the Brewers deserved to drop a little in the standings. The rotation is not where it needs to be right now and the bullpen has had to pick up the slack once again. Only this year, the group isn’t as talented as it was last year.
The Brewers, if they’re going to prove they’re among the five best teams in baseball, need to go on a hot streak to reclaim that title. That means the rotation, the bullpen, and the offense will all have to get clicking together.