The Brewers (96-66) capped their turnaround year with their first-ever NL Central title. The Brewers, led by sluggers Prince Fielder (38 homers, 120 RBI) and Ryan Braun (.332, 33 homers, 111 RBI), return to the postseason for the first time since 2008, when they were the wild card. The Brewers didn’t clinch the NL’s No. 2 seed and the chance to open at home until the final game of the season September 28th.
The Diamondbacks wrote their own improbable playoff story, going from worst to first in the NL West. Arizona went 65-97 last season, but turned that around with a young team that defied expectations and finished 94-68, including a major league-best 48 come-from-behind victories.
On another note, it’s nice to know there won’t be any rain delays or postponed games due to weather, as both clubs play in home ballparks with retractable roofs, and it marks the first time in postseason history that two teams with retractable roofs are playing each other. With weather expected to be in the lower 50’s with windy conditions Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, the retractable roof is expected to be closed for Game number one of the Division Series.