The Milwaukee Brewers were only able to take one game from the Cincinnati Reds in the four-game series over the weekend. Even though Milwaukee still has a five-game cushion in the National League Central division, there is no reason to rest easy. Just because the Arizona Diamondbacks have the worst record in the NL, it does not mean they will be a walk in the park. In fact, it is imperative that the Brewers not take the Diamondbacks for granted.
The reality is Arizona is not as bad as their 11-23 record suggests. That alone should keep Milwaukee on its toes. The Diamondbacks have a roster that is loaded with talent. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is one of the most dangerous batters in the league. He alone could beat the Brewers, especially since Milwaukee has struggled to score runs as of late. On top of that, Miguel Montero is swinging the bat well, and Mark Trumbo is tied for fourth in the NL with seven home runs.
The good news is the Brewers are determined to stay grounded, as they know they have to play their best baseball if they want to ensure success against the Diamondbacks.
“That’s the great thing about the game of baseball,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said, according to the team’s website. “Any team can beat any other team. It’s not always bigger, faster, stronger.”
“Guys are going to start off slow,” he continued. “They’re going to have slow months. It’s a long season. You never know what can happen. We can’t take them lightly. We have to play them like we do everybody else.”
In order for Milwaukee to regain their confidence, it is important that they come out strong Monday night. That means starting pitcher Matt Garza must find similar success on the mound as he had two starts ago. That also means that the offense must bust out of its shell and start scoring runs. Hopefully, hitter-friendly Miller Park will allow them to do that.