Milwaukee Brewers: Tough Decisions Lie Ahead
By Dan Larsen
With the Milwaukee Brewers mired in a bad run, it’s time for them to consider making some difficult decisions.
It’s been a rough two weeks for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Two weekends ago, the team took three out of four games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. That series win put them ten games over .500 for the first time all year (38-28), and got them to a tie with the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.
Things, however, have rapidly gone downhill since then. After splitting a two game series in Houston to start their west coast road trip, Milwaukee lost two out of three games to the scuffling San Francisco Giants last weekend. They then preceded to get swept by the San Diego Padres to end their road trip, bringing them to a record of 2-6 on that eight game trip.
The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t been any better since returning to Miller Park either. Entering their mid-afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, the Brewers have lost the first two games of their home-stand.
Milwaukee have now lost five games in a row, their worst losing streak of the year to date. Overall, they’ve lost seven of their past eight games, and eight out of their past ten.
This run has seen them fall from a tie for first in the NL Central, which had gotten as high as a one game lead after the Astros series, to 1.5 games back of Chicago entering play on Saturday. Milwaukee are just a half of game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals too for the second wild card spot in the National League after being several games ahead of them, and the rest of their competition, two weekends ago.
Though most teams experience bad runs of form like this at some point during a season, there may be real reason to worry about this recent skid for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Let’s run through some of the issues going on with the team, and what they need to do to reverse course.