Brewers’ Pittsburgh Problem is Frustrating but Not Uncommon
Milwaukee Brewers lost another series to Pittsburgh. The thorn in the Brewers’ side all year continued to dig in. Of course, it was Pittsburgh that stopped Milwaukee’s streak of winning series. Of course, the offense went quiet over the last two days due to pitching of Ivan Nova and Taylor Williams. Milwaukee has not fared well against Pittsburgh, and it’s a shitty feeling to know every time the team plays the Buccos, it’s going to be a fight. Although it’s frustrating, this isn’t the root cause of the Brewers not being the National League Central division leaders.
There are a few things you can point when it comes to the reasons behind Milwaukee trailing the Chicago Cubs. Yes, the lack of success against Pittsburgh is one of them, but there are a host of other reasons that factor in. What about losing two of three against Miami? Same question goes for the home series versus San Diego in August. What about the inability to sweep countless teams throughout the year? How about starting 1-8 against the Chicago Cubs before figuring it out? All of these things can be factored into the equation of not being the Central leaders. Baseball is a very long season, and it’s unlikely that it’s one thing holding a team back.
This Pittsburgh problem is not a new thing in baseball. There are pesky teams that bother the better opponent. Take the Los Angeles Dodgers as an example. They only won one game against the Cincinnati Reds this year. They played six times, and their record was 1-5. That’s pretty weak, but it’s case in point, that these type of struggles happen all over baseball.
Brewers return to PNC Park next weekend. It’s the last time that Milwaukee will face Pittsburgh. Brewers need to continue with the mantra of one game at a time, and everything will be fine.