After an unrealistic September, the greatest in team history, the Brewers finally clinched a playoff spot Wednesday night with a 9-2 win over the Reds…
As soon as Reds pitcher, Tyler Mahle, stepped on the mound, Milwaukee already had the game in the bag. After a grand slam in the first inning by Ryan Braun which was followed up with a solo shot from Eric Thames, the Brewers never took their foot off the gas. Jordan Lyles pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 runs and then the bullpen took over and threw 4 scoreless innings. Once Cory Spangenberg made the final out, the arms went up and the dugout cleared to the field. The celebration ensued in the dugout while there was plenty of champagne, cigars, and Miller Lite to go around. However, there was still a general feeling that this Brewers team was not done.
Going into September, the Brewers were 3rd in the division at 69-66 and were 6.5 games back of the first place Cardinals. Everybody knew if the Brewers were going to make the playoffs, they would have to go on a remarkable run. The Brewers accepted the challenge and have preceded to go 19-4 in September and 10-1 in their last 11. Christian Yelich went down with an injury on September 10th and that’s when Brewer fans were ready to accept their collective demise. Instead, the team has gone 12-2 since the MVP went down. They have been led by the veteran, Ryan Braun, who has hit .259 in the month of September with 4 home runs and 17 RBIs and they have also been led by the entire pitching staff. The pitching staff has stepped up and is putting on their best performances of the season.
2019 will be Milwaukee’s 3rd time making the postseason in the past 9 years. If the season ended today, Milwaukee would be going to Washington to matchup against Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg. Although, the season isn’t over, the Brewers are only 1.5 games back of the division lead with 4 games left. No matter what happens, making the postseason in any capacity is great for an organization. Year after year the Brewers are proving themselves to be one of the best franchises in baseball by continuing to make the playoffs.