Milwaukee Brewers: It’s all about ‘Mr. September’, Ryan Braun.
They did it. When odds were against them, 7.5 games down from a Wild Card position, the Milwaukee Brewers once again rose up and proved everyone that doubted them wrong by clinching their spot in the 2019 postseason.
This marks the first time in 31 years that the Milwaukee Brewers have gone back-to-back for postseason appearances.
With Christian Yelich missing the rest of the season due to his kneecap injury, Ryan Braun has stepped up as a key team leader, helping paving the way to the postseason for the Crew. As an ‘ode’ to Yelich, Braun did wear his jersey underneath his own as they finished the series against the Marlins, after hearing the news that Yelich would be out for the rest of the season, ending his chances at playing in postseason.
He described it as, “Just for good luck. I was just trying to bring the good vibes.” It definitely brought the good luck and the good vibes, bringing the Brewers to continue their hot winning streak.
Hitting a grand slam in St. Louis a little over a week ago, which lead the Brewers to take the series against the Cardinals, Braun said he wasn’t done yet. He sent a grand slam into the far seats in the first inning, and with Eric Thames crushing a home run right after Braun’s slam, they were able to get the Brewers to get 6-0 just by the top of the first inning.
He’s crushing this season already with 22 home runs and an overall .846 OPS. Being the veteran of the crew, Braun has a legacy to live up to. Eyes were mainly on Christian Yelich last season and up until his injury, the former MVP wasn’t talked about as much as Yelich was being talked about. Braun rose up, showed fans that he’s still got the fire in him.
In the month of September, Braun has a .895 OPS with four home runs and 17 RBIs. Those 17 RBIs are the most in any month Braun has this season.
As Braun said in his interview with Fox Sports Wisconsin reporter, Sophia Minnaert, “Tonight we celebrate, but there’s still a lot left to accomplish…” The Brewers do face the Reds one more time in an afternoon game, then they’ll take on their final away series against the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, in hopes of going 3-0 with them.
The Brewers are looking at getting that home field advantage for the wild card game, which would be scheduled to happen October 1st at Miller Park, but if they are to sweep these next games and the St. Louis Cardinals choke in two games? The division will go to the Brewers once again. They do have to duel it out with the Washington Nationals for that top wild card spot, who both won their games on the 25th.
It’s going to definitely be an anxious stretch of the week as we tune in to find out who’s going to come out on top and if we’re bringing the Wild Card game back home, or if the Milwaukee Brewers bring that National League champions pennant home.