Cubs-Brewers Preview: Crew’s Last Stand?
I don’t typically do a preview for a baseball series. I used to back in the day, but it got very repetitive, therefore, we went to recaps.That said, this is the biggest baseball series in quite some time for the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s hard to remember the last time baseball mattered in this city even in 2014. Brewers had a brutal July followed up with an average August. They were hanging by a thread until St. Louis delivered the death blow over Labor Day weekend putting the Crew six games back. Will this be curtains for Crew? A case to be made for and against.
Enjoy it while it last Brewers fans
If Cubs were to come into Miller Park and get a sweep, it would make Chicago have a 4.5 game lead in the division. It would also drive Milwaukee further away from the Wild Card. Brewers would have lost 11 of their last 13 if this were the case. Brewers would probably wonder if a Trade Deadline move was even worth it, and maybe, wait until the second deadline was over. Every national media member wants to write off Brewers and start talking about Chicago’s title defense. Even if the fans still believe, no one else will at this point because they’re enamored with Cubs story yet again.
Chicago comes in looking mighty again. Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber are both swinging hot bats. Willson Contreas hasn’t slown down either, and a usual Brewers killer John Jay is spraying the ball again. Not helping things is Chicago’s pitching staff found something again. Chicago sends their new star Jose Quintana to the mound tonight with Kyle Hendricks to follow on Saturday. Sure, John Lackey goes Sunday who might have his last start in a Cubs uniform, but that might be a major motivator.
Brewers aren’t dead yet.
Milwaukee is coming into this series with a record post All-Star Break of 4-9 while Chicago is 11-2. Brewers haven’t played word beaters, so there’s no excuse for them, but it’s fair to say the Cubs fattened up on lesser competition. They played Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis and depleted Chicago White Sox team. These aren’t world beaters. Cubs found their rhythm again, sure, but this isn’t a stone cold lock that Cubs are actually back. Brewers are playing well at Miller Park too, and even though, it will be a 50-50 crowd, the home ballpark is always a nice thing.
The other thing that needs to be said about this Brewers team is they never seem to quit. The mess on Wednesday and Thursday should be a wakeup call to this team. They know the importance of this weekend, and what it could to the standings heading into the month of August.
We shall see what Crew has in store tonight at Miller Park. I’ll be there, and I can’t wait. Honestly, this is a big-time baseball and if things continue sideways, I’m happy I got this magnitude of a game in late July 2017.