Well, hey dere, lookee here, the Brewers are within one win of the longest winning streak (13 games) in their history. Not their postseason history, mind you, but their entire history. Nice timing, eh?
Oh, and if being on the periphery of an all-time winning streak isn’t enough, yesterday’s (12th straight) win got everybody up north free burgers! You should read the link, pretty cool backstory including Brewers manager Craig Counsell being in the stands as a teenager the last time Milwaukee celebrated a free burger drop.
This series is not close to over, but when a Dodgers team with the supposed better starting pitching loses badly in what will be their very best starters matchup (Clayton Kershaw vs. Gio Gonzalez) of the series and a Brewers pitcher homers off of Kershaw, it can’t be a good sign.
(Per Baseball-Reference, last night was the 30th postseason game ever where both starters lasted three innings or fewer. Ten such games have come in the past eight seasons.)
On the other hand, Milwaukee’s pen was supposed to be impenetrable, but what ho, L.A. did all of its damage on offense late. So perhaps that’s an encouraging sign for the Dodgers.
What is safe to say is that for the Dodgers to have realistic hope of making it to the World Series, they need a W today. Going home 0-2 means they make the three games at Chavez Ravine must-wins, and against a team as good as the Brewers are right now, good luck, eh?
Today’s lineups feature the Return of Puig: