The Milwaukee Brewers suffered through a couple of rough weeks, but were able to turn things around nicely during their games against the Rockies and Mets.
A 5-2 start to the 10 game homestand, including a sweep of the New York Mets, a team thought to be a real contender this year in the NL East, has helped the Milwaukee Brewers jump back up a couple spots in Alyson Footer’s weekly MLB Power Rankings on MLB.com.
After falling from a season-high 4th place in the rankings over the past couple weeks, the Crew is trending back in the right direction.
Where Are The Milwaukee Brewers Ranked?
Footer has the Milwaukee Brewers ranked as her No. 7 team in MLB this week, a jump of three spots from the week prior, when they were on the edge of the Top 10.
Ahead of the Brewers, the Dodgers top the list once again, followed by Rays at No. 2, the Astros, Twins, and Yankees rounding out the top five.
How Does The NL Central Shape Up?
The Cubs have jumped up from the 13th spot last week, to the sixth overall spot this week, just one place ahead of the Brewers. The Cubs are riding a 7-game winning streak and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. They’ve vaulted themselves to the top of the NL Central for the time being.
The Brewers are seventh, and the St. Louis Cardinals are ranked eighth, giving the top three teams in the NL Central three spots in a row from 6-8. That’s a tightly packed bunch and will likely reflect how the race will go through the rest of the season. Those three teams are going to be jostling for the top spot in the Central for the next few months, and there’s very little separating all of them.
Neither the Pirates nor the Reds made the top 20 on Footer’s list. Despite both teams “going for it” this year, very few actually thought either team had a legitimate chance to challenge any of the Brewers, Cubs, or Cardinals for a playoff spot.
The Week Ahead For The Brewers
This week, the Milwaukee Brewers have a three-game set at home to finish off the 10-game homestand against the Nationals starting tonight. They’ll go up against the likes of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Scherzer hasn’t been his usual self so far this season, and hopefully that continues here against the Crew.
After that, it’s an off day on Thursday before starting a three game weekend series in Chicago against the rival Cubs. That series is going to be a tough test for the Crew and one that is going to have a big influence on next week’s rankings. Should the Brewers win that series and cool down the red-hot Cubs, they’ll see a nice boost and should vault themselves to the top of the standings. If they lose that series, then they’ll continue to be ranked behind the Cubs and fall behind in the division standings.
This is going to be a telling week for the Brewers. Can their pitching staff settle in and get some big wins against playoff contenders this week? If so, it gives a lot of optimism about this team moving forward.