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5 Things We’ve Learned from Milwaukee Brewers’ First 35 Games

5 Things We’ve Learned from Milwaukee Brewers’ First 35 Games

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Through the first 35 games of the 2014 MLB Season, the Milwaukee Brewers are tied for the best record in baseball. There have been plenty of highs and lows over the past several weeks. The good news is the Brewers are looking sharp after one-fifth of the way through the season. Here are five things we’ve learned over that span. Hopefully, it will help Milwaukee play even better.

Winning/Losing By Large Margin Won’t Happen

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Winning/Losing By Large Margin Won’t Happen

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Milwaukee has scored 139 runs and given up 126 so far this year, which means it’s remarkable that they are nine games above .500. It has become clear that the Brewers will not win or lose by a large margin. They will be in every single game, whether they come out on top or not. That reason alone is why Milwaukee should be a legitimate contender in September.

Offense Must Pull It Together

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Offense Must Pull It Together

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The pitching has been outstanding, but the offense needs to do some work. The good news is the Brewers have shown the ability to bust out the bats already this season. Unfortunately, they must do more of that if they want to remain at the top of the NL Central division. Too many spots in the batting order are not producing, which could cause serious problems if the pitching begins to falter.

Braun’s Health Critical to Success of Team

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Braun’s Health Critical to Success of Team

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The only way Milwaukee will continue to have success this season is if Ryan Braun can stay healthy. Without him, the Brewers are in big trouble. The team feeds off his production. It’s quite clear that his absence in the lineup causes the offense to not perform well. The overall success of the team will come down to Braun’s ability to keep off the disabled list and stay in the lineup.

Pitching Staff the Real Deal

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Pitching Staff the Real Deal

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There have been some bumps in the road, but overall, Milwaukee’s pitching staff has been outstanding. Four of the five starters in the rotation have a 3.53 ERA or lower, including three who are under 3.00. Meanwhile, the bullpen has been lights out for the most part. Closer Francisco Rodriguez is playing out of his mind with 14 saves in 14 opportunities. The pitching staff as a unit is clearly the real deal.

Legitimate Shot at Postseason Berth

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Legitimate Shot at Postseason Berth

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If the Brewers can give the offense a boost and continue to pitch well, there’s no question they will be playing in the postseason for only the fifth time in franchise history. Despite what many thought prior to the start of the season, Milwaukee clearly has what it takes to give opponents all sorts of problems throughout the year.