It has been a frustrating week and a half or so of baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers and their fanbase.
Over the last eight games, the Brewers have not won. They have surrendered 55 runs while scoring just 22 themselves and have been shut out on three separate occasions during this losing streak. It seems like the offense, defense, and pitching all cannot sync together and the results have been painful to watch.
Manager Craig Counsell is looking to spark the team in any way he can. Over the last four games he has moved Chrisitan Yelich to the leadoff spot. Counsell also was ejected during Friday night’s loss to the Nationals when arguing balls and strikes on a pitch that should have ended an inning.
Across the league, former Angels manager Joe Madden was fired amidst a double-digit losing streak and Joe Girardi was relieved from the Phillies organization due to a poor start. Counsell should not be in any danger of this happening to him, but it is nice to see him shaking things up and looking for ways to spark this Brewers team during this tough stretch.
When the losing streak finally does end, Counsell will reach an important milestone in his managerial career.
The next Brewers victory will result in Craig Counsell tying Phil Garner’s all-time win record for a manager in franchise history.
Phil Garner ended his career with 563 wins as the Brewers skipper. Over the past week, Craig has been stuck at 562 wins. It would have been nice to see him reach this milestone during the last homestand, but assuming the Brewers do not stretch their current losing streak to ridiculous levels, the milestone should be reached sometime during their current three-city road trip.
In what is the last of three consecutive three-city road trips this year, the Brewers will take on the Nationals, Mets, and Reds. If they can end their losing streak and avoid a series sweep against the Nationals, Counsell could tie the record tomorrow. If not, it’s hard to say when he will both tie and then pass the wins mark.
After Counsell reaches the milestone of having the most wins as a manager in Brewers franchise history, he will have his sights set on truly getting the team back on track. The Brewers are looking to make the postseason for the fifth year in a row and win their third division championship since Counsell took over and will need to right the ship in order to do so.
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In 2011 and 2018, both years in which the Brewers won the division, those teams had seven-game losing streaks. There is a lot of season left and if there is a manager who will get this team back firing on all cylinders, it is Craig Counsell.