The Milwaukee Brewers will enter Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, one of the hottest team in Major League Baseball, on a five-game losing streak. The Brewers must band together if they not only want to get through the two-game series against the Rangers, but the numerous difficult tasks that lie ahead.
Milwaukee has struggled mightily since their epic nine-game winning streak ended in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on April 24. The Brewers have lost eight of their last 11, including the series finale against the Padres. The team fell below .500 for the second time this season after the St. Louis Cardinals swept them over the weekend. Obviously, St. Louis is a team that Milwaukee must figure out how to beat if they want to make the playoffs this season.
The next four opponents Milwaukee will face have above .500 records. After the Rangers (20-11), the Brewers will take on the Cincinnati Reds (18-15), Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) and Cardinals (20-11) on a National League Central road trip. For those counting at home, Milwaukee’s opponents have a combined 75-51 record.
There is no question Texas will be no easy task. However, where the Brewers must prevail is on the road trip. Milwaukee will have a great opportunity to climb the standings in the division when they play 10 games against their NL Central opponents. If there was ever a time to bust out another nine-game win streak, it needs to happen somewhere between May 10-19.
One thing is for certain, the Brewers should not overlook their two games against the Rangers. Starting pitcher Wily Peralta needs to show why Milwaukee gave him a chance in the starting rotation this season and give his best performance of the season thus far. It will be up to the rookie Tuesday night to help the Brewers get their season back on track. If they can win both games, or at least take a series split, Milwaukee will be able to go on the road with some momentum.