Milwaukee Brewers: Small Series Has Big Consequences
The Milwaukee Brewers have found themselves winners of five of the last six games and now they face a challenge with their highway rivals, the Twins.
Both teams will face off with a two game set in Miller Park, but the outcome of this small series has a lot of big consequences for both teams, especially the Milwaukee Brewers.
What Do We Have To Lose?
After Brewers’ fans were ready to cancel the rest of the 2019 season for the team, the Brewers decided to pick up the pace with a three game sweep against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and by winning the series at home against the Texas Rangers. All of that happening without Christian Yelich for five games with a recurring back injury and it also helps that the Cubs got slaughtered by the Reds. Now the division lead is cut to two and a half games between Chicago and Milwaukee. St. Louis is in second place and they are two games back.
The Brewers also find themselves in the hunt for the second Wild Card spot by being a half game back behind the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals.
Long story short, Milwaukee needs to sweep the Twins in this two game series.
Don’t Sleep On Minnesota
The Twins also find themselves in a hunt for a division title. After losing a crucial series and the division lead in the AL Central to the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota is looking to take the division back tonight with two games in Milwaukee. All while now a half game back of Cleveland in the division.
Minnesota does have a two game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card but they not looking to be Wild Card Champions this season.
Christian Yelich Returning?
It was just reported that Christian Yelich will be back in the lineup tonight and will be batting third and playing right field. He did make an appearance in the series finale with Texas but he struck out as a pinch hitter. Yelich hit two home runs in the series opener against Pittsburgh–one that is still sinking to the bottom of the river outside of PNC Park–adding to his total of now 39 home runs.
Yelich looks to get his 40th home run and more these next two games.
With Yelich back, hopefully at 100%, this lineup is even more dangerous. Things seem to be starting to click for the Milwaukee Brewers lately, and it’s happening at the right time. But that’ll need to continue against a tough Twins team that has a lot to play for.