The Milwaukee Brewers won 6-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The Brewers trimmed their NL Central magic number to three with the win.
With timely hitting and clutch pitching, Milwaukee is playing its best baseball at the right time and is considered a dark-horse World Series contender.
September is usually a problem month for Milwaukee, as they collapsed in the 2014 season, which led to the firings of first base coach Garth Iorg and hitting coach Johhny Narron.
The mini-collapse in 2017 was expected as Milwaukee wasn’t supposed to be competitive but defied expectations and almost qualified for the postseason before blowing a 6-0 lead against the St. Louis Cardinals and losing that game 7-6.
The collapse last season was expected, as Milwaukee traded Josh Hader in a deal that wasn’t popular with the fans, and the offense underperformed, which isn’t a good recipe for making the postseason.
This year is different, as these two stats signify that this could be the best team Milwaukee has sent to the postseason since 2018.
The pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers has been lights-out.
Milwaukee’s pitching has been dominant in the last couple of months. (Via Adam McCalvy) Milwaukee hasn’t allowed double-digit hits in the past 26 games, the longest streak in the MLB since the Washington Nationals did it in 2018.
The longest streak where a team didn’t allow double-digit hits was 30 games, set by the 1968 Baltimore Orioles. (Via Adam McCalvy)
The starting rotation needs no introduction, as it is known that if Milwaukee hopes to advance in the postseason, Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, and Wade Miley have to pitch up to their capabilities.
The bullpen for the Milwaukee Brewers has been underrated this season. Milwaukee has the second-best bullpen ERA in the Majors (3.49.) The additions of Joel Payamps, Elvis Peguero, and Bryse Wilson have paid dividends, and the revamped bullpen includes the hard-throwing Abner Uribe and Trevor Megill, who can get it up to triple-digits in a hurry.
Let’s not forget about closer Devin Williams, who has 35 saves this season and has adequately replaced Josh Hader in that role.
However, Williams hasn’t pitched since Sunday, and it’s because of the red-hot offense.
Offensively, the Milwaukee Brewers are clicking on all cylinders
When was the last time you remember the Brewers’ offense being this formidable? (Via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com) the Milwaukee Brewers offense has had 11 games this month where they scored four runs or more in one inning.
The only difference between this team and the 2011 team is there is no Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder in the lineup. This team has a solid group of hitters but nobody that would keep the opposing pitchers up at night.
Milwaukee could be a problem in the postseason because they have a top-tier starting rotation, a lockdown bullpen, and a lineup full of X-Factors top-to-bottom.
The Milwaukee Brewers are red-hot right now, and this run has to continue if they hope to have momentum heading into the postseason.
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