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Brewers sweep Pirates



Brewers hats & merchandise The Brewers started the month of August 11 games out of the Wild Card. They begin September with a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and are now only 6.5 games behind the St Louis Cardinals for a playoff spot. What once seemed to be completely out of the question is now very much a reality. The Brewers compiled a 16-12 record in the month August to secure the team’s first winning month of the entire season.

Having now won 11 of their last 13 games, the Brewers are beginning to dig out of the massive hole that the team created for itself. After losing shortstop Alex Gonzalez and first baseman Mat Gamel to injury, the team struggled to find consistency in the batting order. That consistent hitting came around only to see the bullpen lose leads in a somewhat regular fashion. That Brewer bullpen leads the Major Leagues with 26 blown saves. However, despite a few hiccups, it too has recently found a mark of consistency. The team is playing its best baseball of the season at exactly the right time.

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The Brewers will travel to Florida to face the Miami Marlins in a four game series. The Marlins are currently in last in the National League East with a record of 59-75. The Marlins have been a huge disappointment all season long and have won only 2 of their last 10 games. Fresh off of a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, the Marlins appear ripe for the picking. The Brewers must take advantage of playing a poor team this late in the season and shave a few more games off of their Wild Card deficit.

While the Brewers play Miami on Monday, the teams ahead of the Brewers in the Wild Card standing will also be in action: the Atlanta Braves host the Colorado Rockies, the St Louis Cardinals host the New York Mets, the Pirates host the Houston Astros, and the Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that has both Wild Card and Division Race implications. The Brewer bandwagon has gotten understandably less crowded in the last few months. As the team’s play suffered, so did the enthusiasm of its fan base. It’s time for Brewer fans to climb back on board. It looks like the month of September just got a little more interesting.



By: Scott Kasten
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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