On June 28th, the Brewers were 51-32, and had the best record in the National League. The Brewers were four games better than anyone else in the NL (Giants were next at 47-35), and only 0.5 behind the Oakland A’s (strangely enough) for the best record in all of baseball.

Since then, the Brewers are 29-43, and have been eliminated in the NL Central.

After losing two of three over the weekend in Pittsburgh, it looks like the Brewers season is over. The Brewers are five games back of the second wild card spot with just six games left. The Brewers would probably have to win every single game the rest of the way, and have either the Pirates or Giants absolutely collapse to have a chance.

Reds fans feel the Brewers pain.

The Reds were 51-44 at the All-Star break, having just won 7 of their final 9 games leading into the break. The Reds lost their first 6 games of the second half, and haven’t looked up since. The Reds are just 21-40 in the second, and their .344 second half win percentage is the teams worst since 1945.

Pitching Matchups

Reds Brewers SP

Projected Lineup

brewers lineup

7 Responses

  1. Ron Fulton

    Maybe the Reds could trade some pitchers for Braun, while the Brewers are in town.

    • GOREDS

      Last year I would have done a Leake for Braun, maybe throw in Ludwick to dump salary. Now, Braun given the absence of steroids is not worth it.

      • George Mirones

        I really don’t like to discuss Salary but this is updated Braun information. The deferments make this look do able.

        Ryan Braun rf
        8 years/$45M (2008-15)
        5 years/$105M (2016-20), plus 2021 mutual option
        •5 years/$105M (2016-20), plus 2021 option •signed extension with Milwaukee 4/21/11
        •$10M signing bonus (paid in 4 equal installments each April 1 from 2012 to 2015)
        •16:$19M, 17:$19M, 18:$19M, 19:$18M, 20:$16M, 21:$15M mutual option ($4M buyout)
        •price of option may increase to $20M based on MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove awards (if earned, award escalators are deferred without interest)
        •$18M in salary ($4M each in 2016-18 and $3M each in 2019-20) deferred without interest, to be paid in equal installments each July 1 from 2022 to 2031
        •no-trade protection
        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/national-league-central/milwaukee-brewers/

  2. WVRedlegs

    If Stanton doesn’t win the NL MVP award, then I hope Lucroy does. That is probably a bit of a reach. He should finish in the top 5 though. Along with Stanton, Posey, McCutcheon, and Kershaw.

    • Drew

      Kershaw should win it hands down. He has been the most dominate player in the NL this season. Plus you don’t give it to non playoff team players that often.

  3. Grand Salami

    Does any team currently boast a less impressive 1st base bat than Lyle Overbay? Oh wait . . .

  4. Drew

    It’s intetresting but overall since around the first of August, there actually been teams worse then the Reds, and these were teams that actually made moves at the trade deadline…