The wait is finally over. On the last regular season home game of the year, the Milwaukee Brewers secured the title of 2021 National League Central Division Champions.
After being swept by the red hot St Louis Cardinals earlier in the week, the Brewers locked up the division by sweeping the New York Mets. Great pitching performances from Eric Lauer and Corbin Burnes propelled the team to victory in the first two games of the series. In the finale, the offense exploded for eight runs. Scoring eight runs seemed very fitting given that #8 Ryan Braun was being honored that day.
Overall, it was a phenomenal weekend. On Friday night, former Brewers Carlos Gomez, Yovani Gallardo, and Francisco Rodriguez were inducted into the wall of honor. Saturday was marked “Bob Uecker Day” for it was the 50th anniversary of Uecker serving as the voice of the Brewers on the radio. Ryan Braun’s retirement ceremony was on Sunday and just happened to double down as the day the Brewers clinched the division!
This marks the fifth division championship in the history of the franchise. The first two division titles came in 1981 and 1982 when the Brewers were a part of the AL east. Prior to today, the last two NL Central titles came in 2011 and 2018.
Sundays win was also the 94th victory of the season. The Brewers franchise record for wins is 96. With one week left they are in position to surpass this mark. The final week of the season will consist of six games between the Cardinals and Dodgers.
Once the regular season concludes, the Brewers will be playing play-off baseball in October! They have avoided the one game wild card play in game. This means they will play in the NLDS which is scheduled to begin Friday October 8th. The Brewers will play the winner of the NL East Division during that series. Currently, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are in a tight race to establish who will win that division.
The Brewers can now use this week to get healthy and get things in line for a deep post season run! This is arguably one of the best teams in the history of the franchise and they are not done yet.