Milwaukee Brewers: Final Weekend Brings Excitement, Uncertainty
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers already have a guaranteed spot in the postseason playoff field. But where that spot will be is still to be determined.
There’s a lot to be excited about with the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve clinched back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 1981-82, and have won 20 of their 24 games in the month of September.
Going into this final weekend, with the final three games of the regular season to be played, the Brewers sit just one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central standings. The Cardinals face off against the Cubs for the final three games, meanwhile, the Brewers are facing a last-place team in the Colorado Rockies.
It’s eerily similar to last year when the Brewers were just one game back of the Cubs entering the final weekend, while the Cubs faced off against the Cardinals and the Brewers faced a different last-place team, the Detroit Tigers.
Could history repeat itself with another Game 163 tiebreaker and Brewers division title? Could the Cardinals drop two games and give the Brewers the division outright? Could the Cardinals hold on to their lead and force Milwaukee into the Wild Card game?
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By Sunday night, we will have those answers.
As for right now, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the playoff alignment will look like for the Brewers. They also sit one game back of the Nationals in the Wild Card standings. If those two teams tie, the Brewers own the tiebreaker and the Wild Card game would be in Milwaukee.
The Nationals face off against the Cleveland Indians, who are in a battle for their playoff lives at the moment in the AL Wild Card race. They’ll be pulling out all the stops to win those games and will be a tough challenge for Washington. At least they’ll be tougher than the “fight” the Phillies put up in that 5 game sweep.
Of course, if the Brewers can jump the Cardinals in the division standings, the Wild Card doesn’t matter. But can they depend on the Cubs to help? After all, Joe Maddon said he “don’t give a s–t about” what the Brewers want.
So can they expect help from the Cubs? Who knows. Maybe the Cubs can take one game from the Redbirds, which would be just enough to force a Game 163, assuming a Brewers sweep. Based on the Cubs getting swept at home by St. Louis not too long ago, Brewers fans are hoping Chicago is a little upset at the Cardinals for that and want to return the favor.
That’s our only hope for the division. Hope the Cubs would rather spite the Cardinals and prevent them from winning the division, instead of spite the Brewers for winning it last year.
It’s going to be an exciting final three days. Keep your eyes on the scoreboards in St. Louis and Washington. For these three days, we are all Indians fans, and (swallows vomit) Cubs fans.
The Milwaukee Brewers don’t know what their playoff run will look like or where they will go, but the most important thing is, that they know they will have an opportunity in the playoffs.