The Milwaukee Brewers are four games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card spot with six to go after a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Reds Thursday afternoon. At this point, the only thing for the Brewers to do is win all six and hope for an epic collapse by the Cardinals.
It is not uncommon for teams with a solid lead on the Wild Card to come up short right at the end of the season. Last year’s Atlanta Braves can attest to that after the Cardinals won on the last day of the year to get into the playoffs. Also, the 2008 New York Mets had an epic collapse that allowed the Brewers to gain ground and eventually clinch a playoff berth.
Fans that had given up on the season and then came back as Milwaukee surged in September are now thinking about fleeing again. Just because the odds are against the Brewers and their back is up against the wall does not mean it is over.
Milwaukee will be playing the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres for their last six games of the year. The Astros and Padres have a combined record of 125-187, which means they have absolutely nothing to play for in the last week of the season.
Meanwhile, St. Louis will be playing the Washington Nationals and the Reds for their six remaining games. These two teams have the best win-loss ratio in baseball and have a combined record of 189-123.
Many fans think the Cardinals have the easier road now because both Washington and Cincinnati will be looking to rest players. However, this simply is not true because the one thing everyone has learned the last few years in sports is it is not who has the most rest, but rather who has the best rhythm going into the postseason.
The Nationals and the Reds have worked too hard all season to lie down now and take a breather. They want to take some momentum into the playoffs with them so the team and the fans do not lose a beat. Not to mention, they want to beat down on the defending World Series champions because everyone knows what the Cardinals did to the competition last year.
The Brewers are a long ways out from being out of contention, as long as they continue winning ball games. Unless they go 6-0 for the rest of the season, Milwaukee will be going home after the first three days of October. If anyone out there thinks the Brewers are in capable of winning six in a row then they have apparently not been watching the last month and a half of baseball. The only thing to do now is win and hope for a little help along the way.
Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.