Reason #5: The Brewers are hot at the right time
Finally, what it takes to win the World Series isn't necessarily the biggest payroll or having the most talented team. The best team doesn't always win. The hottest team usually does. It's all about getting hot at the right time. Don't get too hot too early in June and July, there may be nothing left in the tank by October.
The Brewers got hot in the second half of August and now into late September and there's no signs of slowing down. Everything started after that Dodgers series where they were thoroughly outmatched in a three game series. They had a team meeting, pulled together, and have had the best record in baseball since that series. Their division lead has stretched from just 1.5 games to 8.0 games.
If the Brewers win the Wild Card round and advance to the NLDS, they will face the Dodgers in a best of five series. While the last time those two teams squared off, the Dodgers were clearly the better squad, the Brewers are a very different team now than they were then. In a best of five series with the way this Brewers club is currently playing, things will look a lot different.
The Nationals rode a hot second half to a World Series in 2019. The Braves rode a great second half to a World Series in 2021. If the Brewers are going to win the World Series, it's all going to be about getting hot at the right time and staying hot through October. They made a good run with that in 2018, but fell short because of reason #1. The Brewers got hot at the right time, but baseball happened. Maybe this time, the break goes their way.
This could finally be our year. This team has a feeling to it that can't be quantified. They just win and play a clean brand of baseball. The defense is spectacular. The pitching is elite all the way around. They're scrappy and pesky, they don't make mistakes, and the offense has found its stride. The Brewers are hot and will head into October with the focus on one goal: The World Series. They're no longer satisfied with just being there. They know where they want to be and they have the team to get there.