Since the beginning of the MLB season, two teams have dominated the headlines. To no surprise, those two are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. They each spent considerable sums of money and are expected to be at the top of the pile every year. From there, the next team in line is also an American League team, the Houston Astros. But those aren’t the only teams making noise. The Atlanta Braves might have dropped the series against the Bronx Bombers, but they showed they were for real on a national stage. The next team that should be doing so is the Milwaukee Brewers.
This is a team that deserves your attention as well, and they may well be getting it this weekend as they host the Braves in a four game series that could be a glimpse toward the postseason. After July 4th’s game against the Twins, in which the Brewers won 3-2, they Brew Crew are now 51-35 on the season. While this only has them a game ahead of the Chicago Cubs, another of the major market teams, it still says a lot about where they are right now. They are currently on pace to win five games more than they won last season, after a steady climb back to relevance from their low of 69 wins in 2015.
On Wednesday, they got their win over the struggling Minnesota Twins thanks to good pitching, great defensive play, and some timely hitting. The timely hitting came from rookie Nate Orf, whose home run in the seventh inning of the game put them up 3-1 and allowed them to eventually win the game. But as important as the home run was to their cause, the play made by center fielder Keon Broxton to preserve the lead in the ninth inning was even bigger. His incredible leaping grab to pull the ball back in from the warning track wasn’t his first robbery, but it could be perhaps his most important so far. Especially considering the solo home run that followed!
Now, after a home sweep of the dwindling Twins, they will welcome the Braves to town for four games in Milwaukee. This series has the real chance to determine the season for both teams, with each jockeying to win their division and avoid having to battle it out in a perilous one game Wild Card tilt.