September 24, 2019

"Out of nowhere, it's all come together in past 18 games for Brewers."

Headline at the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Brewers’ 71-67 record on Sept. 4 left them in third place in the National League Central, 6½ games behind first-place St. Louis and four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card spot — with two other teams standing in between.

On Monday, however, when Brewers players, coaches and fans woke up and checked their local newspapers, the standings told a significantly different story. Milwaukee, thanks to a stunning 15-3 run, began the day in a virtual tie for the NL’s top wild card spot with the Nationals and just three games behind the Cardinals with six games to play.
And they did this without their big star Christian Yelich (who fractured his knee cap) and with limited ability to use Mike Moustakas, Keston Hiura, Lorenzo Cain, and Ryan Braun (all of whom are limited by injury). The lesser characters stepped up: Cory Spangenberg, Travis Shaw, Eric Thames, and Orlando Arcia. It's a lovely narrative. Just 3 games in Cincinnati and then 3 games in Denver and the season is over. Fantastic ending. We now have a 99% chance of making the playoffs and (per FiveThirtyEight) even a 2% chance of winning the World Series.

28 comments:

mccullough said...

The 538 guys are crying. The Brewers are -2 in run differential this year. Same as the Reds.

rehajm said...

We now have a 99% chance of making the playoffs and (per FiveThirtyEight) even a 2% chance of winning the World Series.

What's this we stuff?

Big Mike said...

Go Nats!

PMH62 said...

Cards won last night.

Roger Sweeny said...

Meanwhile, the Red Sox, who have also had injuries, have gone from 108 wins to a maximum of 87, and are 11 1/2 games out of the wild card.

BarrySanders20 said...

"The Brewers are -2 in run differential this year."

They arent doing well in the popular vote, losing big (like 16-0) several times. But they do well in the one-run games. It's like they figured out that you don't get credit for more than one win by running up the score in any one game.

Now what to do about those teams in states who voted to allocate all their wins to the one team who scored the most runs? Fairness demands that team be declared the winner.

Dagwood said...

Their performance despite the loss of Yelich is one of late summer's best feel-good stories.

traditionalguy said...

It is extended R&R time in the Home of the Braves. They are playing the rest of their roster while the stars watch. They lost their star Shortstop, Charlie Culberson, who squared to bunt and was drilled in the face by a 90 mph fastball breaking his facial bones.

But Donaldson and Freeman along with the young duo of Acuna and Albies is eager to play the Cardinals.

victoria said...

Go Dodger Blue!!!!


Vicki from Pasadena

Bay Area Guy said...

The Brew Crew!

donald said...

Culbertson is a bench player Tradguy. He does however look like the regular SS.

Both are local Georgia products whom I have umpired.

Unknown said...

"What's this we stuff?"

That's what my wife always asks me when I talk about the Cardinals (who have gone on a similar tear to the Brewers).

robother said...

Besebol ben berry good to Ann!

Yancey Ward said...

Yeah, the Cubs have returned to their historical trend. It is 1969 all over again.

Perhaps decades from now we will be talking about the Miracle Brewers of 2019.

Howard said...

You jinxed them, Ann

Yancey Ward said...

Since I pretty much only root for underdogs in baseball, I can easily root for the Brewers. I won't root for the Nationals since they are based in DC, and the Yankees, Dodgers, and Houston are all 100 game winners, and I wouldn't root for the Yankees or Dodgers if they got into the playoffs with a losing record.

Meade said...

Blessed are the Beer Makers.

Anonymous said...

"per fivethirtyeight"... what a tool.

Patrick said...

Blessed are the Beer Makers."

You're not supposed to take it literally, Meade. It's the makers of all intoxicating beverages in general!

BJK said...

I love the Brewers, but their run has a ton to do with playing the dregs of the National League this month. They did manage to win a pair of series against the Cubs, and one against the Cardinals, but everyone else they play this month is below .500.

(Of course, part of the reason for this is the brutal schedule they had earlier on, where it seemed like they couldn't go a week without playing a playoff contender.)


I'll gladly take it, and the team has done well to put together a number of sweeps (rather than dropping one game and winning the other 2-3), which really helps a team catch up ground. My expectations for a deep run in October are not what they were a year ago, since the loss of Yelich will hurt them against teams like the Dodgers, & Braves (if not the Nationals).

Original Mike said...

I'm not here.

Anonymous said...

Over a 162 game, streak filled season, so much of postseason baseball comes down to when a team gets hot. I wish the brew crew the best of luck - right up until they get swept out of the World Series by my Astros.

Leland said...

After a string of some of the worst seasons in MLB; the Astros have won their third straight Division title with a 100+ win season. And no one person is the star, with Bregman a potential AL MVP, Alvarez a lock for AL Rookie of the Year, and toss up for AL Cy Young between Verlander and Cole. Every regular season offensive starter has at least 10 HR. 6 starters have a +.900 OPS.

However, the Astros do have a weakness in starting pitching after Verlander and Cole. Hinch still has 6 capable of starters, which I expect him to platoon in pairs for the playoffs in a 3 game rotation. Greinke should shore up the weakness. I also hope that Osuna and Pressley go back to their 1st half shutdown form as closers.

BarrySanders20 said...

Counsell should get manager of the year. His starting pitching staff is worse than mediocre, and the bullpen outside of Hairboy Hader is full of former rejects. It was greatly amusing earlier this month to listen to the Chicago sports radio yakkers (when they shut up about the Bears) talk of how the Cubs only had the Cards, Nats, and Mets to contend with for a playoff spot. The top payroll in the league at $211 million gonna get bounced out of the playoffs by the scrappy nobodies 90 miles north - for the second year in a row.

Brewers are 15th in payroll. Kudos to Atlanta who have a great team and are 17th in overall payroll, and to Tampa Bay, which is dead last and, as of today, the second wildcard team just ahead of Cleveland.

Phil 314 said...

Meanwhile the Dbacks tanked.

Known Unknown said...

My team in Cleveland could win 98 games and miss the playoffs.

Ganderson said...

Twins- Brewers World Series! Probably not, but a man can dream, no?

Ganderson said...

Known- Twins fan here- the Indians have had a fun year- they’ve overcome a lot of injuries. Minnesota- Cleveland ALCS would be fun. Neither the Twins nor the Indians gaudy records mean much, with three such bad clubs in their division.