Milwaukee Brewers Will Play to Hurt Division Opponents’ Playoff Chances
The Milwaukee Brewers are well aware that the postseason is not a possibility for 2013. With everything that has gone wrong, and only a few bright spots on the season, it was obvious the team did not stand a chance. With that being said, it does not mean the season is over. Milwaukee will face several division opponents who will be looking for a playoff berth over the next month. Therefore, the Brewers will play their hearts out in an effort to hurt their division rival’s chances of making the playoffs.
“I don’t put any more emphasis on any one game over the other,” starting pitcher Kyle Lohse said referring to defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Brewers.com. “The team did a great job of battling back after I put us in a little hole. Other than that, it doesn’t mean any more beating [the Cardinals]. I know we have a stretch here where we play a lot of teams contending for playoff spots, and I don’t care who it is, it feels good to kind of hurt teams’ chances.”
The Brewers will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series beginning on Tuesday. Pittsburgh and St. Louis are tied for first place in the National League Central division, which means Milwaukee could do some serious damage if they play their cards right.
The Cardinals, Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are all in control for a playoff berth, as both NL Wild Cards will most likely come out of the Central division. Milwaukee will play six games against St. Louis, six games against Pittsburgh and three games at home against Cincinnati over the last five weeks of the regular season.
If anything else, it will be a good test for the young players to suit up with a postseason feel to the game, even if the Brewers are not playing for a berth.