The Milwaukee Brewers failed to move on to the World Series, but that shouldn’t take anything away from their amazing run in 2018.
The Milwaukee Brewers lost Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending a magical 2018 season. Even though the Brewers fell short of their ultimate goal of a World Series title, it was still a nice starting point.
Just three years ago, in 2015, Milwaukee finished with a 68-94 record. They were in the midst of a rebuild that figured to take a while. In the previous four seasons, they had depleted their farm system in order to stay competitive and try to compete for a playoff spot. They finally made the tough decision to tear it all down and start over.
Milwaukee won 73 games in 2016 and followed that up with a huge jump in 2017 when they won 86 games. That year, they led the National League Central for most of the season, but faltered down the stretch and, ultimately, lost a playoff spot altogether.
Fortunately, they didn’t let their late-season collapse carry over into 2018. The Brewers started out hot before a mini-collapse heading into the All-Star break. Many fans saw 2017 happening all over again. However, Milwaukee was able to right the ship and get hot at the end of the season.
They trailed the Chicago Cubs by five games heading into September, but made it all up and then some. The Brewers took home the division in Game 163 at Chicago, swept the Colorado Rockies in the National League Divisional Series and took the heavily favored Dodgers to seven games before falling on Saturday night.
The Brewers have an opportunity to bring back the majority of their team if they so choose. Erik Kratz, Curtis Granderson, Wade Miley and Dan Jennings are the only unrestricted free agents. Mike Moustakas ($15 million) and Joakim Soria ($10 million) have mutual options if the Brewers would like to bring them back.
Whatever Milwaukee decides to do, look for them to pursue a couple of players to help take their team to the next level. If they can just add a couple of pieces to their roster, this Brewers team can take the next step by getting to the World Series and win it. The future is bright for the Brewers, make sure you have your shades on.