Why The Milwaukee Brewers Will Win The World Series
I know you must be thinking that I’ve lost my mind with this prediction. It’s certainly not the popular pick. However, the Milwaukee Brewers are most definitely the dark horse to become World Series champions. Here’s why: With a record of 96-66, the Brew Crew tied with the Texas Rangers for the second best record in the majors. Upon closer inspection, the Brewers have been extremely hot heading into the playoffs. They tore into August and September with a 36-17 record.
The one-two punch of Ryan Braun (.332, 33 HR, 111 RBI & 33 SBs) and Prince Fielder (.299, 38 HR, 120 RBI & 107 BB) are as lethal as any combination in baseball. The surrounding player aren’t too shabby either. Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan and Richie Weeks all had solid 2011 campaigns which helped the Brewers become one of the more devastating lineups in all of baseball. The starting pitching staff, anchored by fire ballers Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke, are nothing to be sneezed at. A look into the bullpen will find John Axford (49 saves) and converted setup man Francisco Rodriguez being the proverbial nightmare nobody wants to face when the Brewers are looking to clamp down on a close game.
So you have a team that can put up runs in a hurry and shut your bats down on any given night. It’s pretty scary when you think about it.
There’s a reason why the Brewers are up 2-0 in their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They are making a statement while the general population opts to sleep on them. Both wins over the Diamondbacks have come in menacing fashion. Meanwhile, the Phillies have their hands full with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Yes, the Phillies have the better pitching staff. The New York Yankees have the mystique. The Tampa Bay Rays have the momentum. However, there’s something about the Brewers—whether it be their “let’s have fun and win” team chemistry or their talented youth who have yet to tire on the field—that has me thinking they are legitimate contenders to take the whole enchilada.
Come back to this in a month and see if I’m wrong.