Brewers Make Post-Season Push


Natalie Hartwig

Spectators watch the Brewers play in Milwaukee’s Miller Stadium. The stadium has become as much of a symbol for the team as it is for the city of Milwaukee. The Brew Crew will have to bring their A-game in order to continue their success. Despite being in playoff contention for several months, they have been hitting a rough patch as they near the end of the season.

Natalie Hartwig, Sports Editor

With approximately one month of the 162-game regular season remaining, the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to continue their success into October and the Post-Season. With three of the five NL Central teams contending for the playoffs, the Brew Crew will need to finish the final month with strength.
The 2013 season was a harsh pill to swallow in Milwaukee. With numerous injuries and the suspension of Ryan Braun, the team was not able to keep up with their tough divisional opponents St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The Brewers ended the season 74-88 and in fourth place in their division.
After taking advantage of the long offseason, the Brewers came back healthy and restocked in 2014. They have been in contention for the playoffs since opening day, and this continued throughout August. With 22 of the remaining 26 regular season games against divisional opponents, it is crucial that the Brewers play well, particularly against the St. Louis Cardinals.
A team that has been historically successful against Milwaukee, the Cardinals have been clipping at the Brewers’ heels all season and have recently leap-frogged them in the standings. With the re-activation of all-star and gold-glove catcher Yadier Molina and starting pitcher Michael Wacha, the Cardinals have plenty of momentum and are poised to have a successful month.
The Brewers, on the other hand, are in almost the opposite position. All-star and gold-glove center fielder Carlos Gomez is likely to miss multiple weeks due to a sprained wrist, Ryan Braun has been dealing with a nagging thumb injury for the majority of the season, and many of the starters are amidst both defensive and offensive slumps.
Although the team is struggling, the Brewers have still managed to persevere in the thick of the playoff hunt and are optimistic about their chances. “We’re still OK,” Manager Ron Roenicke told “We can turn this thing around in a hurry and have a good next series. Then you go on from there.”