The Milwaukee Brewers just dropped two of three games on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they have a much-needed off day on Thursday. Milwaukee enters the day on Thursday with a magic number of 22 in clinching the NL Central title.
The Brewers just won the division in 2021 after missing the playoffs a season ago. It will be the third time in six seasons if they were to get the job done this season. The other time they won the division was in 2018, when they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in the NLCS.
Milwaukee currently has a 77-62 record so far this season and currently has the third season in the National League. They currently have a 1.5-game lead over the Chicago Cubs, who have a 76-64 record and are currently the fifth seed in the National League.
The Cincinnati Reds are also in the playoff face. They have a 73-69 record on the year, and Cincinnati is trying to stay alive for a wild card spot in the National League. They are also 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead. The Reds are right behind the Miami Marlins for the sixth spot in the National League standings.
Milwaukee Brewers Schedule Down the Stretch
The Brewers will have some games down the stretch that will impact the playoff chase in the National League. This upcoming weekend, they are home against the New York Yankees for a three-game set. After that series, they will play the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals seven times each. Miami is trying to get a wild card spot in the National League, and they may be helping out the Cincinnati Reds after all.
As for the rest of the schedule, the Brewers will also face the Washington Nationals for a three-game set. In the final weekend of the 2023 MLB regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers will host the Chicago Cubs for a three-game set. Hopefully, it doesn’t come down to that series to decide the National League Central crown. The Brewers should have the division title wrapped up over the Cubs and the Reds by the time that series rolls around.