I’ve been watching the standings, day after day, just waiting for the Brewers to start their descent from the top of the standings. After last season, it was expected to happen at some point.
Sure enough, I believe that time is now. I believe that the descent is upon us, and the smile on my face couldn’t be any bigger.
For a majority of the 2018 season, there was a fight for the top spot. The Brewers were holding strong, with the Cubs and Cardinals shaping up right behind them. But as of writing this, the Cubs are leading the division at 78-54; while the Cardinals and Brewers are 4 and 5.5 games behind respectively.
For some reason that I do not understand, this will become the second consecutive year this will occur. They start the year off hot, and everyone thinks that they have a good shot at the postseason. Then, around late August/September, they start to decline, which allows the rest to succeed.
Take 2017 for example; the Brewers went into the All-Star break with a five and a half game lead on the Chicago Cubs. They looked very good in July, and were poised to continue their fight for the Central Division crown until the very last out.
But once September came around, they finished six games back and out of postseason contention. They let the Cubs step over them and win their second straight divisional title.
It looks like this could be happening again now as well. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and are in third place in their division. To have any chance at the postseason, Milwaukee will need to take advantage of the easier teams that are coming up on their schedule. And after seeing their 9-7 loss to the Reds last night, it doesn’t look too promising.
Also, they still have two series left against the Cubs, and one against the Cardinals before the end of the season. IF THEY DO NOT SWEEP THOSE SERIES, THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. I don’t give a shit how many games are left. I am not giving the Brewers A CHANCE if these three series are not swept.
What do you think of the Brewers’ chances? Let me know in the comments section below.