Milwaukee Brewers are the Hottest Team in Major League Baseball

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Show of hands of how many people thought the Milwaukee Brewers would be the best team in Major League Baseball through the first 10 games this season. That’s what I thought.

The Brewers are currently on a seven-game win streak and own an 8-2 record, which is one game better than the Washington Nationals for the best record in the big leagues. Just because the Brewers received zero respect from the media prior to the start of the season, it doesn’t mean they think any less of themselves. They know they have a great group of men who are ready to take the team to new heights.

How exactly good are the Brewers?

Milwaukee currently has a .277 batting average, which ranks third in the majors. They just came off a perfect road trip in which they swept the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. It was the second-best road trip in franchise history. Over those six games, the Brewers set a club record by recording a hit in 22 consecutive innings. What makes the offense even more impressive is that the Brewers are putting up runs without Ryan Braun doing much of anything, with the exception of his three home run game earlier in the week.

Milwaukee’s offense has been impressive, but’s the pitching that makes them dangerous. The Brewers have a 1.86 earned run average, which is by far the best in baseball. On top of that, the bullpen has posted a 0.91 ERA. That proves that even if the starters struggle, all Milwaukee needs is the lead entering the later innings.

Friday night was a good example of what the Brewers are capable of in 2014. Milwaukee’s fifth starter, Wily Peralta, went about against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace, Francisco Liriano. Even though Liriano had his good stuff going, the Brewers hung in there and eventually made him pay for two mistakes. Peralta was nearly perfect and the bullpen was lights out. If Milwaukee’s fifth starter can beat one of the best No. 1 starters in baseball, then there’s truly no stopping them this year.

It might be early. However, many so-called experts better re-think their stance on where the Brewers will end up in the NL Central standings.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • dougf43

    Hmmm, let’s see now. Best human(well, dog) interest story in baseball during the spring training season. Best PR opportunity presented and seized in a fine manner. Many people, who could not care less about baseball, per se, now know the Brewers as the bestest, most caring, team in the bigs.
    I put the fast start down to a relaxed and happy bunch of guys who instead of feeling stressed during spring had all the attention and their interest as well focused on a small fluffy white dog.
    Hank. Not only the mascot, obviously. :-)

  • Anne Dachel Risen

    Show of hands? Mine was up! I knew they’d be right up there at the top as soon as we got rid of Juan Francisco. As a Brewers fan, it is sweet to see them with the best record in baseball! Hope to keep the streak alive!