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Brewers Back On Winning Track
MILWAUKEE, WI- With the new additions on the Milwaukee Brewers and high expectations, they had to figure out how to win. It didn’t help that the Crew lost five of their first nine games of the season.
The Brewers picked up the pace and found themselves half a game out of first in their division on April 24 at 11-10, trailing only the St. Louis Cardinals.
Well, a lot has happened since then. Milwaukee went through a seesaw battle. The Brewers lost a road series to Houston and were swept at Atlanta.
After losing their series at St. Louis (May 5-8) to end their ten-game road trip, Milwaukee was due for some home cooking. They swept three-game series from Pittsburgh, Colorado and Washington the last two weeks of May, which was sandwiched between a split in separate two game series at Los Angeles and San Diego.
The win over the Rockies, May 22, at home, put the Brewers over the .500 mark for the first time this year. They also had a nine-game home winning streak snapped by San Francisco, May 27. That included winning six games in a row.
The Brewers’ recent 20-7 record at Miller Park led the National League. It also tied a franchise record for the second longest home winning streak in team history behind the 1987 team. Last year, Milwaukee was 40-41 at home in 2010.
If the season ended today, the Brewers would have narrowly missed a wild card spot in the playoffs. There’s no need for them to take it easy now because the dog days of summer are still ahead.
After the All-Star Break, Milwaukee will play 11 straight games on the road without an off day from July 14 through July 24. There’s a possibility that the Brewers might make a deal during that stretch before the trade deadline in July.
Three years ago, they got pitcher CC Sabathia to carry them through the home stretch. And it worked out fine as the Crew made their first postseason appearance since 1982.
Who knows what would happen if the Brewers hit the jackpot again by making a trade to improve their playoff position. It may be a good thing, or it could backfire. The emphasis is on winning now and setting their goals on playing in October.