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Road Trip Looms for Brewers

 

 

Brewers hats & merchandise Every game for the Brewers from now to the end of the season is considered a “must win”. With only 16 games remaining, the team simply cannot afford many more losses. After clawing their way back into the Wild Card race, the Brewers must sustain the momentum that they have established in the last two weeks. After taking two of three games from the New York Mets, Milwaukee will embark on a 10-game road trip that most certainly determines the fate of the team’s season.

The trip begins on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. For as hot as the Brewers have been, the Pirates have been the exact opposite. The Pirates have been in a downward spiral for the better part of a month and have won only two of their last ten games. The Brewers overtook the Pirates in the Wild Card standings and will look to further distance themselves during a three-game series in Pittsburgh.

The next stop on the final road trip of the season takes the Brewers to Washington for a matchup with the National League East-leading Nationals. The Nationals have the best record in baseball despite getting swept on the road by the Atlanta Braves. Washington has been in the news lately not as much for their winning baseball as for their decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. Although he has been outstanding in his return from Tommy John surgery, the National’s ace had struggled in two of his last three starts. The Nationals have a very formidable pitching staff even without Strasburg. Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez provide a solid 1-2 punch as starters, while Washington boasts one of the best bullpens in all of baseball.

The Brewers will wrap up the road trip with showdown in Cincinnati against the Central Division-leading Reds. The Reds trail the Nationals by one game in the race to lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. While the Brewers have virtually no chance of catching the Reds in the Central, their matchup with the Reds will go a long way in determining the where each team may end up in the playoffs.

The Brewers definitely have their work cut out for them. With 10 road games against three teams with winning records, the Brewers will need to play their best baseball if they intend to remain in the playoff picture. If anything, a season that once appeared to be lost now holds new meaning for the Brewers and their fans. The team is playing an exciting brand of baseball and that’s all anyone can ask for.

 

 

By: Scott Kasten
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer


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