The Milwaukee Brewers have lost 12 of their last 14 games, are in last place in the National League Central division and have the third worst record (16-23) in the league. The good news is the Brewers have a terrific opportunity to turn it all around starting Friday night when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis has the best record in the NL and the second best record in Major League Baseball behind only the Texas Rangers. That means a series win for Milwaukee will be no easy task, but if they do come out on top, it could do wonders for the team’s confidence. The last time the Brewers were able to take a game from the Cardinals they followed with a nine-game win streak. Whether that happens again remains to be unknown, but at least the players know they are capable of accomplishing such a feat.
For the Brewers to get off on the right foot in the series, starting pitcher Wily Peralta will have to put forth his best performance of the season thus far. He certainly has the stuff to get the job done, but he will have to avoid any sort of big inning in order to reach the finish line. Allowing two earned runs, something he has done three times in his eight starts this year, should get the job done.
With that being said, Milwaukee must bust out the bats early against starter Jaime Garcia. The Brewers have scored only one run in three of their last four losses. Obviously, this is something that must change immediately before the season spirals even more out of control. Milwaukee has the fire power on offense to put up big numbers; they just have to work together as a team in clutch situations.
There is no question taking the series from the Cardinals this weekend is one of the biggest obstacles the Brewers have faced so far. However, if Milwaukee wants to be competitive all the way until the end, critical games against division opponents early in the year must be won.