The Milwaukee Brewers are a runaway train right now.
After a crazy stretch to end the season, in which they won seven games in a row just to force a game 163 against the Cubs (which they won to clinch the division), they haven’t even thought about slowing down.
The only trouble they have faced since downing the Cubs was their game one victory which took a walk-off single by Mike Moustakas in the 10th inning to secure the W.
Other than that, the Brewers have been moving like a well-oiled machine, mowing through the competition with ease. Even with the offense being relatively quiet, the pitching has been phenomenal.
The Brewers only scored 11 runs during their three-game sweep of the outmatched Rockies, but their pitchers allowed just two runs. In fact, the only runs allowed during the entire series was when closer Jeremy Jeffress blew a save during game one. Everyone else hasn’t given an inch to the opposition; Joakim Soria is getting outs in key situations like it’s 2008, Corey Knebel looks like the man who was so dominant last year, Jhoulys Chacin is having a career renaissance, and Wade Miley is too.
Josh Hader, however, is the star of them all. After hitting a rough patch before and after his racist tweets were unearthed around the All-Star break, he finished the year white hot and has continued that trend into the playoffs, where he hasn’t allowed a man to reach base once.
General manager David Stearns (no, not David Stern) deserves a boatload of credit for having the guts to really go for it this season, meshing the homegrown players and adding proven veteran ballplayers. The acquisitions of the aforementioned Moustakas, the trades for Yelich and Jonathan Schoop, and the rises of Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia have made the Brewers one of the deepest teams in baseball.
They have all the momentum in the world heading into the NLCS where they will meet the winner of the Dodgers-Braves series. #thisismyCrew
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