The Milwaukee Brewers had a tough week against the NL East this week, but they held their own and played well for the most part.
Against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers took three of four, but they dropped two out of three against the Atlanta Braves, winning the last one on an extra inning home run from Ben Gamel.
Despite a strong showing against a much improved Philadelphia team, the Brewers fell in the latest MLB Power Rankings.
Where Are The Milwaukee Brewers Ranked?
In Alyson Footer’s Week 8 Power Rankings, the Brewers are still in the Top 10, coming in a No. 9 this week after a 4-3 week. Last week, the Brewers were ranked No. 8, which represents a drop of one spot in the rankings, the same drop as the week before.
The Brewers are consistently ranked in the Top 10, but they have not been in the Top 5 for a couple of weeks now while they’ve been pushing through a tough early stretch in the schedule.
Other Key Teams
The Chicago Cubs hold steady at No. 5 in this week’s rankings, meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals, who have been in a down stretch recently, have dropped all the way down to No. 10 after being No. 7 last week. The Pirates are up from No. 18 to No. 16 this week.
Interestingly enough, the Phillies, whom the Milwaukee Brewers just took 3 out of 4 from, in Philadelphia no less, have jumped up three spots and sit at No. 8, one spot ahead of the Brewers. Footer cites an improved bullpen helping their jump, but I have a hard time putting a team that just lost three of four to one team up ahead of that team in the same week. If the game results aren’t there, how improved can they be?
Also, can we not cite the improved Brewers rotation over the past week or two? That’s an underlying improvement that, while the team didn’t dominate all week, shows that the Brewers are a better team than most thought at this point.
The Week Ahead
This week, the Brewers have two off days, one on Monday, and one on Thursday. In between those off days are two games at home against the last place Cincinnati Reds. After that are three home games against the Phillies, whom the Crew just played.
If the Brewers dominate the Phillies again this weekend and Footer still has them ahead of the Crew come next Monday, she’ll have some serious explaining to do.
This is a much easier week for the Brewers than they’ve had pretty much all season. Two off days and a home series against the Reds, who aren’t very good, is a much needed change of pace from the gauntlet of NL division title contenders that the Crew has mostly seen so far.
By the looks of it, this could be a really good week for the Crew and they should see themselves rise in next week’s power rankings.
For the Brewers, despite strong weeks and holding their own all season against strong competition, the power rankings haven’t truly reflected how strong this team is.