The Milwaukee Brewers are currently three games over .500 and have won 21 of their last 27 games. There is no question that the main reason the Brewers have been able to make this incredible run since late August is due to their overpowering offense.
Milwaukee defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Tuesday night to gain a game on them in the hunt for the second National League Wild Card spot, currently occupied by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers are still 2 ½ games behind the Cardinals with 15 to play.
The fact Milwaukee is this close to securing a playoff berth is nothing short of impressive considering that a month ago, to the day, the Brewers were 12 games under .500 and 12 ½ games out of the second Wild Card spot. The starting pitching has been outstanding and should not be overlooked, but the offense must take the bulk of the credit for what they have been able to accomplish.
Milwaukee is currently first in the NL in home runs (184), RBIs (674), runs scored (707) and stolen bases (142). They are also second in OPS (.763) as well as slugging percentage (.436), third in on-base percentage (.328), fourth in doubles (34) and fifth in batting average (.259).
In the month of September, the Brewers are 12-4 with 89 total runs scored, 84 RBIs, an incredible 29 stolen bases, 23 home runs and a .283 batting average. Since their hot streak, Milwaukee has scored 138 runs in the 21 wins and 23 runs in the six losses. That comes out to an average of 6.6 runs per win and 3.8 per loss.
A lot of the success of the offense comes from the long ball. This has been a known fact in Milwaukee for the past few years as the Brewers typically rank towards the top of the league at the end of every season in this category. This year is no different. However, Milwaukee is also showing the ability to manufacture runs to win games as well.
For instance, the Brewers collected 13 hits in last night’s victory against the Pirates. All 13 of those hits were singles, with seven of them being made into extra-base hits due to the seven stolen bases. Even though the team gave up on their streak of 85 consecutive games with an extra-base hit, they proved to themselves and anyone watching they can win games many different ways.
“People have always perceived us as a team that relies on the home run, but we really don’t,” slugger Ryan Braun said. “We’re pretty good at running the bases. We have a lot of guys that can steal bases. If you rely on the homer, you really get yourself in trouble, so you try to find a way to manufacture runs sometimes, too.”
Milwaukee is currently the hottest team in baseball and is definitely playing at a high level at the right time. The reason they are playing so well is because they believe in themselves and are not afraid to attempt risky plays in order to score runs. The offense has been a juggernaut, but the pitching has been sensational as well. Ron Roenicke has done a great job managing the team this season, especially within the last month. Hopefully, the Brewers can keep this up and enjoy a similar trip like the one the Cardinals went on last year.
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