It could not have gone much worse for the Milwaukee Brewers on their road trip out West. The offense was futile. The pitching was putrid. Baserunning mistakes continued to mount, and they made the lowly San Diego Padres lineup look like world champions. They lost their final five games of the trip, but with all that said, the horrendous trip could not have come at a better time for Milwaukee.
The 1-5 trip provides a wake-up call as the Brewers head into September. Young pitchers like Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta were given a taste of what pressure-filled baseball is like, and were shown that they need to execute at the top of their game each time out to keep their team in the race.
Were this recent slump to come during their division-filled September, where the Brewers play 22 of their final 26 games against divisional opponents, it would have been sure to cause a shuffle at the top of the NL Central. But as the St. Louis Cardinals also slumped to a 3-4 record this week, the Brewers still are still clinging to a first-place tie atop the division.
No one likes to see their team lose five in a row, but it gives fans a chance to take a step back and look at the positives. This team is too talented to play like this for long. The Brewers were not expected to be this good, but if they avoid another prolonged losing streak and can continue to play like they have played all year, they are certain to punch their tickets to October at season’s end.