By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on June 25, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to impress this year as they remain atop the National League Central division. In fact, the team is poised to make a serious run in the second half of the season. Before they do that though, here’s a look at five things we’ve learned about the Brewers midway through 2014.
With sluggers Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez missing several games due to injuries, one of the biggest concerns has to be the health of the Brewers in the second half of the season. Milwaukee definitely has the talent to reach the World Series, but it will all come down if they can stay healthy down the stretch.
The Brewers are definitely buyers at the trade deadline, which means they will need to make some sort of deal to help propel them to the postseason. Think the Francisco Rodriguez trade in 2011. Whether it’s another first baseman, a bench player, or a reliever, the Brewers need to make at least one quality move to show they aren’t messing around this season.
Doug Melvin will be in consideration for Executive of the Year. The reason being the Will Smith trade, signing Mark Reynolds/Lyle Overbay to instantly repair the first base position, and the Jean Segura trade continues to look like a genius move two years later. Also, passing on signing Corey Hart and other players who are underperforming makes him look even more intelligent.
I know that his overall numbers don’t compare to that of Troy Tulowitzki, who as of right now is the favorite to be the NL MVP. However, Lucroy’s .330 batting average, eight home runs, 39 RBI, 26 doubles, and .917 OPS are very impressive stats for a catcher. Even if he doesn’t win, he will still be in the thick of the race all the way until the end.
The Brewers are currently four and a half games up in the NL Central division thanks to a fantastic 47-32 record. At this point, the only way Milwaukee doesn’t win the division is if they personally screw it up. Their performance on the road has been awesome and they have done well at home too. With 2011 fresh in the minds of fans, it will be nice to watch the “Brew Crew” win another division title.
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