It feels like it’s been forever – two weeks, to be precise – but the Brewers *FINALLY* lost a game against a team other than the Cubs.
That’s right: when the Pirates held on to beat them last night, it was the first time the Brewers lost to a non-Cubs team since they dropped a game against the Nationals back on September 1. I know folks like to lament the Cubs’ woes, but them losing much of their divisional lead the last two weeks has far more to do with the Brewers being crazy hot than the Cubs being crazy cold.
The Brewers are now 2.5 games back of the Cubs (three in the loss column), which gives a little bit of breathing room as the Cubs wrap up the final four games of their 30 scheduled games in 30 days. The final three are a trip out to Arizona, so this could be dicey. It’s good to have a little space, and it would be even better if the Pirates can do it again today. YARRRRRR!
Elsewhere, the Cardinals lost again to the Dodgers, which means they’ve fallen out of the second Wild Card spot for the first time in a long time. They’re a half-game behind the Rockies, who themselves lost again, and are now a half-game behind the Dodgers in the West. Remember when the Cardinals won a bunch of games and they gave their interim manager the full-time job instead of just waiting until the end of the season?
The Cubs could be facing a Diamondbacks club in desperation mode, as they’re now 4.0 games out in the West, and 3.5 games out in the Wild Card.
First thing, though: get some offense going today and sweep the Reds.