Nearing their conclusion of June with 13 wins out of the 23 games played this month, the Milwaukee Brewers still face the New York Yankees for a three game series that begins this Tuesday. Sitting at a very comfortable nine games over the .500 mark— not to mention a 73 percent “home game” winning percentage, (which is currently the major league’s best) the Brewers have managed to increase their lead in the NL Central standings by three games. Granted, the Brewers are 15-24 on the road so far this season, but lets not forget what happened just a few short years ago.
In the 2008 MLB season the Milwaukee Brewers had a huge lead at the All Star break only to watch it slip right through their fingers. And they started out their recent road trip by losing 3 of 4 to the Cubs, 2 of 3 to the Red Sox and 2 of 3 to the Rays (at home). Clearly Milwaukee has to do something to increase their road games if they expect to have any chance in the playoffs, let alone the World Series. Granted, the Brewers have yet to lose two straight home games, which was improved to 28-11 after Saturday’s 11-1 win over the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park, but the indelible fact of their history on the road leads me to remain skeptical, at least at this point in time.
I feel slightly reserved because in just a few short weeks the Brewers will travel to Colorado to play a four-game series against the NL West Colorado Rockies. Then in August they face the St. Louis Cardinals, not once, but twice! This series will be pivital for the Brewers as the Cardinals are easily their biggest threat to any chance of winning the NL Central.
As a dedicated Brewer fan I will always cheer them on, win or loose, but despite the numbers declaring their current lead in the NL Central I am going to remain humbly skeptical at this point.