The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks will square off in a best of three Wild Card Series starting on Tuesday, October 3. Milwaukee won their division and finished as the third seed in the standings with a 92-70 record. Their opponent will be the sixth seed in the Arizona Diamondbacks. They came in as the last team in the playoffs with a 84-78 record.
It has been 12 years since these two teams last met in the postseason. 2011 was the only playoff match up between these teams, and it ended when Nyjer Morgan famously hit a walk-off single in the decisive Game 5.
A lot has happened with each organization over the last decade, but here we will take a look at three reasons as to why Milwaukee will once again emerge victorious and two things to be concerned about.
3 reasons why the Milwaukee Brewers will defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card Series
1) Arizona has struggled down the stretch whereas Milwaukee has continued to play well and win ball games
Both of these teams finished with winning records during the month of September in which the Brewers went 17-11 and the Diamondbacks 15-12. However the ending of the season for these two teams was drastically different.
Arizona, who needed victories down the stretch, lost six out of their last 10 games whereas the Brewers won eight out of their last 12. The Diamondbacks had the second WIld Card practically secured, but faltered over the final week and a half, dropping down to the third spot. The Diamondbacks have scored just three runs over their last four games while the Brewers have scored 17 runs in that time.
From this standpoint momentum is clearly on the Brewers side heading into the playoffs, and momentum can be everything in October.