At some point, the Milwaukee Brewers are finally going to break their long, ongoing streak.
That streak, of course, is the franchise's World Series drought. As fans are most certainly aware at this point, the Brewers have made just one appearance in the championship series, coming all the way back in the 1982 season.
Milwaukee didn't even make the playoffs, let alone the World Series, for a whole lot of seasons after that before finally returning to the postseason in 2008. That season, as well as the six seasons since then that have seen the Crew in the playoffs, saw them fall short of the second World Series in franchise history.
Making the playoffs is exactly what a team needs to do in order to even have a shot at a World Series appearance, though, and the Brewers have been doing just that, making the postseason in five of the last six seasons. If they could keep that consistency, you'd think that eventually the stars would align and the Crew would be able to play for a title, right?
MLB.com doesn't think so, as they predict that the Brewers will be absent from the next ten World Series.
Predicting what will happen for an upcoming season is hard enough. Doing it for a decade from now is nearly impossible. But that didn't stop MLB.com writer Will Leitch from peering into his crystal ball and attempting to forecast the teams that will play in the next ten World Series.
None of those teams were your Milwaukee Brewers. Even with a recent history of consistent playoff appearances, a farm system that's ranked amount the top few in all of baseball, and a young wave of talent that just hit the majors, that apparently isn't going to translate into breaking that World Series drought.
He does predict that two NL Central teams will make the World Series over the next decade. One of those teams is the Chicago Cubs, who he has making it in 2031 and 2032. The other, much to the shock of many I'm sure, is the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2029.
The Pirates? Really? Won't they need to actually start spending money by then for that to happen?
Of course, predictions like this are usually made as a fun thought exercise and there are so many things that can happen over the next 1-10 years. Plus, the Brewers seem to fare better when the predictions are against them, so maybe this helps finally get them across the divisional finish line again.