1901-1969: A separate Franchise named the Milwaukee Brewers was one of the American League’s eight charter teams. Before the first season even began plans were being made to move the team, and after just one season they to St. Louis. Milwaukee would become a popular minor league city with a team also called the Brewers, before the Braves moved there from Boston in 1953. Howeverm after 13 seasons the Braves would move to Atlanta leaving Milwaukee without a team again. In 1969 the American League expanded adding the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots. Seattle had many problems and was clearly not ready to host a Major League team so after just one season the team was on the move and it would end up in the same city that 68 years earlier lost a team after only one season.
1970: The team enters Spring Training still in limbo as the Seattle Pilots, and it is not until the end of Spring Training that the team finally gets the go ahead to sell to an ownership group headed by Bud Selig, and move to Milwaukee. When the Brewers first take the field at Milwaukee County Stadium on April 7th they are greeted by 37,237 fans. However, those fans would go home disappointed after the Brewers are routed by the California Angels 12 -0. The rest of the season would not go much better as the Brewers finished in fourth place in the AL West with a 65-97 record.
1971: In their second season in Milwaukee the Brewers sink to last place posting a record of 69-92.
1972: With the Washington Senators moving to Texas, the Brewers change divisions from the American League West to the American League East. The Brewers don’t perform much better in the east finishing in last place with a 65-91 record.
1973: The Brewers home opener is delayed four days after a 13-inch snowstorm blankets Milwaukee. Jim Colborn becomes the Brewers first 20-game winner despite the Brewers still struggling with a 5th place 74-88 record.
1974: At the age of 18 Robin Yount makes the team as the starting Short Stop on Opening Day. Yount would go on to hit a respectable .250 in his first year, as finished in 5th Place with a 76-86 record.
1975: On April 11th 48,160 to see one time Milwaukee Braves hero and all time HR King Hank Aaron return to Milwaukee. In his first season as Designated Hitter with Brewers Aaron breaks another of Babe Ruth’s record, this time it is the all-time RBI mark. Even with Hammerin’ Hank the Brewers still struggle finishing 5th with a 68-94 record.
1976: On July 20th Hank Aaron hits the 755th and final HR of his career. As Hammerin’ Hank was playing in his final games the Brewers struggled and finished in last pace with a record of 66-95.
1977: The Brewers avoid last place, only because an expansion team is added to their division as they finish in 6th place with a record of 67-95.
1978: Under new manager George Bamberger, the Brewer enjoy the first winning season in franchise history. The Brewers would finish third in a tough AL East with a solid 93-69 record
1979: With Gorman Thomas winning the AL Home Run Crown with 45 round trippers, the Brewers continue to improve finishing in second Place with a franchise best 95-66 record.
1980: The Brewers top the Majors with 203 homers, 774 runs, 2,535 total bases and a .448 slugging percentage, all setting franchise records. However, the team only manages to finish in third with an 86-76 record.
1981: To improve the team the Brewers acquire legendary reliever Rollie Fingers to help bolster the bullpen. Trough June 15th the Brewers were in position to contend for the AL East, but were frozen in third place when the player’s strike hit. When the season resumed the Brewers would take full advantage of the split season format putting together a solid 31-22 record to capture the second half title of the AL East. The Fingers acquisition would prove key, as he becomes the first relief pitcher in Major League history to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. In their first trip to the postseason the Brewers would face the New York Yankees in the Eastern Division Series. The Brewers would lose their first two games at County Stadium, and it all looked hopeless as they went to the Bronx. However the Brewers would not go down without a fight they would end up win the next two games and hold a lead in Game 5 before the Yankees bats took over and won the series’ deciding game.
1982: After the Brewers get off to a disappointing 23-24 start Manager Buck Rodgers is fired, and replaced by Harvey Kueen. Under Kuenn the Brewers would catch fire winning 72 over their last 115 games, as they would hold off the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season to win the American League Eastern Division Title. Along the way the Brewers would earn the nickname Harvey’s Wallbangers, because of the team’s 216 Home Runs. Also earning honors were SS Robin Yount who wins the AL MVP, and pitcher Pete Vukovich who wins the Cy Young. The Brewers would find themselves in a 2-0 hole again in the ALCS against the California Angels. However, this time the final three games were to be played in County Stadium and after winning the next two the Brewers would not be denied and won the deciding Game 5 when Cecil Cooper singled drove in the tying and winning runs in the seventh inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers headed off to their first World Series. In what would become known as the Suds Series the Milwaukee Brewers would take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers got off to a promising start with a 10-0 rout of the Cardinals in game 1. However, the Cardinals would rebound to win the next 2 games. The Brewers with their backs to the wall rallied in Game 4 with a 6 run 8th to knot the series at two games each. After winning Game 5 the Brewers needed only one win in St. Louis to bring home the trophy. Unfortunately for the Brewers that win would never come after a blow out loss in Game 6, the Brewers lead Game 7 in the sixth inning but a three run rally caped by George Hendrick RBI single would doom the Brew Crew.
1983: The Brewers follow up their trip to the Fall Classic with an 87-75 record that lands the in fifth Place in a tough Eastern Division, as a record 2,397,131 fans went through the turnstiles at County Stadium. Following the season Harvey Kueen would retire sighting poor health.
1984: The Brewers suffer through an injury-plagued season losing Paul Molitor for most of the season, and finishing dead last with a terrible 67-94 record.
1985: George Bamberger returns to the helm as manager, but the Brewers recovery is not a quick one as much of their power source from the 1982 World Series team is either gone or past their prime. The Brewers would finish in sixth place with a terrible 71-90 record.
1986: The Brewers continue to struggle finishing in sixth place with a record of 77-84, as Manager Tom Treblehorn takes over in the final nine games of the season.
1987: The Brewers would get off to a flying start wining their first 13 games of the season. The winning streak was highlighted by the Juan Nieves’ No Hitter the first in Brewers history. The No Hitter was saved by a diving catch by Robin Yount now playing CF for the final out. The year would end up becoming the year of the streak for the Brewers as the 13-game winning streak was almost wiped out completely by a 12 game losing streak. Another streak in Milwaukee that caught people’s attention was Paul Molitor’s 39 game hitting streak the Longest in the AL since Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game streak in 1941. The Brew Crew would go on to finish in third Place with 91 wins, which was six more than American League West Champion Minnesota Twins who would go on to shock the world and win the World Series.
1988: The Brewers are involved in a tight five-team race for the Eastern Division Title that went down to the wire. However the Brewers would fall two games short with a solid 87-75 record.
1989: The Brewers struggle to finish with an 81-81 record landing them in fourth Place, despite a second MVP season from Robin Yount.
1990: After four straight winning season the Brewers struggle all season and finish in sixth place with a record of 74-88.
1991: The Brewers finish fourth with a mediocre 83-79 record. Following the season Manager Tom Treblehorn is fired, and replaced by Phil Garner.
1992: The Milwaukee Brewers lead by a strong pitching staff would find themselves in a tight battle for the American League East. The Brewers provided a strong challenge to the eventual World Champion Toronto Blue Jays, before fading in September, and finishing with a 92-70 record, only four games out of first. During the season longtime Brewer hero Robin Yount delivers his 3000th career hit, becoming the third youngest to achieve that milestone. Also making news was SS Pat Listach who becomes the first Brewer ever to win Rookie of the Year honors. Near the end of the 1992 season Brewers owner Bud Selig found himself in a new position of power as he is made the interim commissioner replacing the deposed Fay Vincent. Although it was only supposed to be a temporary job Selig would eventually become the Commissioner full time selling the team to his daughter Wendy.
1993: With the loss of Paul Molitor to Free Agency the Brewers fizzled from the start of the season finishing in last place with a terrible 69-93 record. Molitor would go on to win World Series MVP honors with Toronto Blue Jays. The season would also mark the end of Robin Yount’s 20-year career. Yount would go on to announce his retirement prior to the start of the following spring training.
1994: With Brewers in last place with a 53-62 on August 12th all thoughts of a postseason were out of the question. However, thanks in part to Brewers owner Bud Selig there was no postseason. Selig who was made Commissioner two years earlier puts the bottom line ahead of the good of the sport and acts more as the owner’s hatchet man then Commissioner. Earlier in the season the Selig led owners, who said a super majority was need to come to a collective barging agreement. However, with a small but strong block of small market owners led by Selig such a majority was impossible. Selig would eventually set a date for the players to accept the owner’s demands, and when the date passed without an agreement Selig cancelled the rest of the season including the World Series. The strike would drag on until the start of next season when a Federal Judge granted an injunction on the basis of unfair labor practices after replacement players were used in Spring Games. In the end the owners would fold, and the only losers were the fans.
1995: When the players returned the Brewers no better off, and placed a distant fourth with a 65-79 record in the Ameircan League Central.
1996: The Brewers manage to play solid baseball for most of the season before falling off in the final two months to finish with their fourth consecutive losing season at 80-82.
1997: The Brewers make history on June 13th becoming the first American League Team to play in a National League Park during the regular season during an interleague game against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers would win the game 4-2 behind the pitching of Jeff D’Amico. The Brewers would end the season with a mediocre 78-83 record.
1998: The Brewers would play even more games in National League Parks, becoming the first team to switch Leagues in the modern era. The Brewers would actually get off to a fast start but faded fast and would wind up with their sixth straight losing season as 74-88.
1999: Tragedy would strike close to home, as a crane collapse on the Brewers new ballpark would kill four construction workers. The accident would cause minor damage to the new stadium forcing the team to delay the opening of Miller Park, slated for April 2000 an entire year. The Brewers would continue to struggle finishing in fifth place with a record of 74-87.
2000: In the final year of County Stadium the Brewers suffer their eighth Straight losing season with a 73-89 record. However, pitcher Jeff D’Amico makes some news with a 5-0 July earning pitcher of the month honors with a microscopic 0.76 ERA.
2001: Miller Park finally opened its doors, with President George W. Bush and Commissioner Bud Selig on hand to deliver ceremonial first pitches. Brewers slugger Richie Sexson belted an eighth inning game-winning Home Run to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first official game on April 6th. The Brewers were energized with the opening of their new home, and thanks to one of baseball’s best early season home records were among the National League Central leaders throughout the first half. However, injuries and a Major League record 1,399 of strikeouts took their toll as the team slumped to finished fourth with a 68-94 record.
2002: Manager Davey Lopes is fired as the Brewers get off to a terrible 3-12 start. However, under his replacement Jerry Royster the Brewers would continue to struggle settling to the bottom of the NL Central. Things went from bad to worse when Geoff Jenkins was lost in June to a broken leg. Not even the All-Star Game, which Milwaukee had looked forward for years to hosting, would go right. First excitement of the game was tempered by strike threats then the game itself ended in a 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of pitchers in the 11th Inning. The All-Star fiasco was the latest in a long line of embarrassments for MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who has owned the Brewers since 1970. After the All-Star break the Brewers struggles continue as they finished with a franchise worst 56-106 record.
2003: Coming off a 106-loss season and picked to finish last again under new Manager Ned Yost expectations were not high entering the season, and the Brewers quickly settled to the bottom of the NL Central with a 9-18 record in April. With the continued losing the Brewers had trouble drawing fans as Miller Park was half empty on most nights. Among the only thing Brewers fans had to cheer was the power of Richie Sexson who clobbered 45 homers while driving in 124 RBI, and Geoff Jenkins who hit 28 homers in just 124 games. Brewer fans also had reason to cheer for the future as Scott Podsednik had a solid .314 average while finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting. However the Brewers would finish in last place again posting a losing record for the 11th straight season at 68-94. Following the season Brewers ownership decided to cut payroll and dealt the Brewers best player Richie Sexson to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving fans even less reason to cheer.
2004: With the trade of Richie Sexson the players the Brewers got in return gave the Brewers a injection of life as the Brewers played competitive baseball for the first half of the season holding a 45-41 record at the All-Star Break, as Lyle Overbay acquired in the deal more the adequately replaced Sexson batting over .300, while leading the team in RBI most of the season. However after the All-Star Break it would all fall apart as the Brewers offense struggled, as they were held to 2 runs or fewer 33 times while posting 22-53 record which ranks as the worst ever for a team that entered the All-Star Break with a winning record. The awful second half would see the Brewer plummet all the way down to last place for the third straight year as they finished with a record of 67-94.
2005: The Brewers would get off a promising start as they won their first three games, but it was soon erased as the Brewers found themeslves at 5-10. However, this would not end up being another lifeless horrible season in Milwaukee, it would be a season of renewed hope for the future as prospects like Rickie Weeks began to make big contributions, while Carlos Lee acquired in a trade for Scott Podesdnik became the Brewers began power bat with a team high 32 HR and 114 RBI, as the Brewers played competitive baseball all season. On the mound things would not go as smoothly as Ben Sheets dealt with injuries spending two stints on the Disabled List. However, thanks to Chris Capuano who won 18 games the Brewers pitching did not fall apart either as Derrick Turnbow took over in the bullpen saving 39 games with an impressive 1.76 ERA. Even though the Brewers were a non factor in the playoff chase the fight for a .500 record would become the goal of the club, as fans got a taste of slugging 1B prospect Prince Fielder. Thanks to a solid September the Brewers would reach .500, for the first time in 13 years finishing in third place with an 81-81 record, that end with hope returning to Milwaukee baseball.
2006: The Brewers started the season with new sense of optimism as the Brewers had their best team on paper in years, and out of the gate they started hot, winning their first five games. However, injuries quickly took a toll as the loss of Ben Sheets who pitched just 17 times slowed any chance the Brewers had of making a run for the postseason. As the season wore on the injuries mounted with J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks, and Corey Koskie all missing significant time. By the time the trade deadline rolled around the Brewers were forced to make some hard decisions about the future as they traded free agent to be Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers for Outfielders Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, reliever Francisco Cordero, and minor league pitching prospect Julian Cordero. After the deal Francisco Cordero would give the Brewers a solid reliable closer as he saved 16 games in the final two months, but the Brewers would not win many games as they finished in fourth Place with a record of 75-87.
2007: The Brewers celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their 1982 team that went to the World Series by wearing their classic ball glove uniforms on Friday home dates. However, the celebration also served as a reminder how long it had been since the Brewers mattered in baseball, but as the season began there were signs everywhere that was about to change as the Brewers were loaded with young talent, that was about to reach it’s promise. Early on there was a party atmosphere at Miller Park as the Brewers jumped out to a fast start holding a 25-11 record and an eight and half game lead for first place through the first six weeks of the season. However, the Brewers would suddenly come crashing back to earth as they lost 13 of their next 17 games. The Brewers struggles continued into June as they were no hit by Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers on June 12th dropping to 34-30 in the process. The no hitter seemed to serve as a wake up call as the Brewers got back on track winning 13 of 16 to close the month, as they continued to hold the top spot in the National League Central. However injuries would become a factor in July as they lost Ben Sheets for a month with a sprained finger. In Sheets’ absence the Brewers lost their grip on first place and slipped below .500. Ben Sheets would return as the Brewers played well down the stretch, but in the end they had lost too much ground as they ended the season in second place with a record of 83-79, their first winning season in 15 years. While the Brewers did not capture the team goals of a division title, they captured plenty of individual hardware as Prince Fielder led the NL with 50 home runs, winning the Hank Aaron Award, while Ryan Braun was named Rookie of the Year with 34 homers and 97 RBI.
2008: Following their first winning season since 1992, the Brewers entered the season feeling they could make a strong run for the playoffs. However, for most of the first two months they struggled as they held a 23-27 record on May 25th. Memorial Day would prove to be a turning point for the Brewers, who ended May on a strong note, taking five of six to get back to .500. The Brewers would continue to play better in June, as they stayed in the race for the Central Division, staying within five and half games of the Chicago Cubs, who held the best overall record in the National League. Despite the positives, one of which included the continued stellar play of Ryan Braun, who followed up his Rookie of the Year season, by becoming an All-Star, the Brewers felt they needed to add another weapon, and rolled the dice by trading for reigning American League Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia. To get Sabathia on July 7th, the Brewers would send out field prospect Matt LaPorta, pitchers Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson and Michael Brantley. The biggest risk was that Sabathia a pending free agent would likely leave Milwaukee at the end of the season, but team management felt it was worth it to reach the playoffs. In his debut with the Brewers, C.C. Sabathia would get the win, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3, just a day the trade was made, as the Brewers went ten games over .500. In his next start Sabathia would blast a home run as the Brewers went into the All-Star Break on a strong note, with Sabathia winning twice. After the break it was more of the same as the Brewers made a run at the Cubs, with their new acquisition getting wins in his first four starts. The Brewers finally caught the Cubs on July 26th, as they prepared to enter a four game series at Miller Park, with a chance to take over the division lead. However, in the opener Sabathia was hit hard, as the Brewers lost 6-4, as the Cubs swept the series and never looked back; as they went on to win their second straight division title. Not all was lost for the Brewers, as the Wild Card remained in sight, as they recovered with an eight game winning streak in August, as C.C. Sabathia continued to lead the way, winning almost every time out, posting an 11-2 record after the trade with a solid 2.70 ERA. However, despite the pitching of Sabathia the Brewers hit a wall in September and went into a tailspin, as Ben Sheets was lost with a flexor tendon tear. The slide would see the Brewers lose 11-of-their-first-14 games in the season’s final month, including an embarrassing four game sweep in Philadelphia against the Phillies. With the season sliding away the team decided to make a change, as Manager Ned Yost, who was seen as being too uptight was fired and replaced by Ned Yost with 12 games to go. Under Sveum, the Brewers continued to struggle, losing four of their first five games, as they entered the last week of the season needing to win almost all of their remaining games and get help to get into the playoffs. While the New York Mets were struggling to beat the Cubs, the Brewers were getting a new life as Ryan Braun’s walk off grand slam in the 10th inning gave them a dramatic 5-1 win on September 25th, to enter the final weekend of the season in a tie for the wild card. The Brewers and Mets would also be tied entering the final game of the season, as C.C. Sabathia took the mound on three days rest. True to form, he was strong again, allowing just one run, on four hits, while striking out four, as Ryan Braun’s two run home run in the eighth inning gave the Brewers a 3-1 win. Meanwhile in New York, the Florida Marlins beat the Mets 4-2, as the Brewers won the Wild Card with a 90-72 record. In the NLDS the Brewers faced the Phillies, who a few weeks earlier swept them, costing Ned Yost his job. The Brewers would struggle in the opener, losing 3-1. In Game 2, C.C. Sabathia took the mound on short rest again, but was ineffective, allowing five runs in the second inning, as the Phillies took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-2 win. The playoffs came to Miller Park for Game 3, as Milwaukee excited for their first playoff game in 26 years packed the Keg to cheer the Brewers on to victory, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead an never looked back, a Dave Bush and four relievers helped the Brewers avoid a sweep, with a 4-1 win. However, in Game 4, the Phillies would hit four home runs to eliminate the Brewers with a 6-2 win, as their hopes of getting the ball back to C.C. Sabathia fell short. Sabathia would as expected leave at the Brewers following the season, signing a record seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees.
2009: Coming off their trip to the playoffs, the Brewers who lost C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets hoped they could win with their young talented line up under new Manager Ken Macha. After a mediocre April, in which they posted a 12-10 record the Brewers got hot in May, as they won 16 of 20 games, to grab first place in the National League Central with a 25-14 record. Helping the Brewers in this hot streak was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who the Brewers routinely beat up upon, continuing domination established in 2008 for a total 17 straight wins over the division rivals, the longest streak one team had over another in 40 years. Despite a subpar June where they posted a 12-15, the Brewers entered July holding a two game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. However, July would see the Brewers coming crashing to reality as they posted an awful 9-17 record, slipping below .500 and into third place. Over the final two months the Brewers would continue to play mediocre baseball as they ended the season in fourth place with a record of 80-82.
2010: The Brewers hoped to get back into playoff contention in Ken Macha’s second season at the helm. However, once again the Brewers struggled in April, posting a 9-14 record as their pitching struggled. One pitcher in particular who continued to disappoint was Jeff Suppan who was removed from the rotation after two poor starts and eventually released. In May the Brewers continued to struggle, posting a nine game losing streak as they posted a 12-16 record, and found themselves in fourth place eight and a half game out of first as June began. The Brewers would play .500 baseball the rest of the season, but their poor start doomed any chance they had of being a factor in the pennant race. Several Brewers despite the disappointing 77-85 season that landed them in third place had strong offensive season with five players Prince Fielder (32 HR and 83 RBI), Corey Hart (31 HR and 102 RBI), Rickie Weekes (29 HR and 83 RBI), Ryan Braun (25 HR and 103 RBI), and Casey McGehee (23 HR and 104 RBI) all hitting more than 20 home runs, with more than 80 RBI. Pitching however, was a problem as their team ERA of 4.58 was 14th in the National League, as Yovani Gallardo was the only starter whose ERA was below 4.00, as he posted a solid 14-7 record with a 3.84 ERA. Trevor Hoffman would provide a bright spot out of the bullpen, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to save 600 games on September 7th in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. However, Hoffman who struggled with elbow tendinitis lost his closer job to John Axford early in the season, and would retired after the season with 601 saves. Following the season, the Brewers would change managers again, firing Ken Macha and replacing him with Ron Roenicke. Meanwhile they looked to address their pitching woes by acquiring Shaun Marcum in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie, and former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a trade with the Kansas City Royals for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress, and Jake Odorizzi. The Brewers also received Yuniesky Betancourt and $2 million in the Grienke deal.
2011: The Brewers were busy in the off-season landing two new starting pitchers Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke, who were acquired in separate deals with the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. The Brewers would also pick up some speed and defense in the outfield with a spring training deal to acquire Nyjer Morgan from the Washington Nationals. Morgan quickly became a fan favorite in Milwaukee because of his alter ego Tony Plush and bizarre antics. Despite all the excitement at the start of the season, the Brewers stumbled out of the gate as John Axford blew a three run lead, giving up a walk off three run homer to Ramon Hernandez in a season opening 7-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers would lose all three games in Cincinnati, and lost their home opener to the Atlanta Braves 2-1. The Brewers would finally earn a win the next day as Yovanni Gallardo pitched a hit shutout as the Brewers won 1-0. The Brewers would go on to finish April with a record of 13-13. As May began the Brewers found themselves in another slump, losing six straight, and seven of eight as their record fell to 14-20. However, thanks to a strong home stand the Brewers would quickly get back over .500. The Brewers would end the first half of the season in a first place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals, as they had the best home record in baseball at 33-14. However, their 16-29 road record was the worst in the National League. At the All-Star Game in Phoenix, Prince Fielder led the way for a National League win hitting a home run to the win MVP honors. After the All-Star Break, the Brewers strengthened their bullpen acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the New York Mets to set up Axford, who was turning into one of the best closers in baseball. Axford would set a team record with 46 saves, and after some early season struggles ended the season with 43 straight saves. As July ended the Brewers began to play their best baseball of the season, winning six straight to close the month, as they began to pull away from the Cardinals in the division race. The Brewers would capture two key series with the Red Birds in August as they built a ten and half game lead, with a 21-7 record. Despite struggling against the surging Cardinals in September, the Brewers would cruise to the division championship, posting a record of 96-66 the best record in franchise history. Leading the way all season was the Brewers two headed monster in the middle of the order Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Fielder led the Brewers with 120 RBI, while hitting 38 homers and batting .299. Braun would win NL MVP honors with .332 average, 33 homers and 111 RBI.
2011 Postseason: In the NLDS the Brewers would get off to a terrific start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as Yovanni Gallardo pitched eight strong innings in a 4-1 win at Miller Park. In the early part of Game 2 the big blast played a role as the score was tied 4-4, with the D-Backs answering a Ryan Braun home with three of their own. However, the game would turn on a successful squeeze by Jonathan Lucroy who beat out a bunt base hit to spark a five run sixth inning to lead the Brewers to a 9-4 win. After two wins at Miller Park, the Brewers looked to close the series out in Arizona. However, their road woes caught up with them again, as the Diamondbacks won the next two games to even the series at two games apiece. Back in Milwaukee for the decisive fifth game, the Brewers got another strong start from Yovanni Gallardo, as the Brewers held a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning. However, for the first time since early in the season John Axford blew a save, as the game went into extra innings. In the tenth inning it would be Tony Plush himself Nyjer Morgan who came through with the big hit driving home Carlos Gomez with the series deciding run. In the NLCS the Brewers again would do battle with the St. Louis Cardinals. In Game 1 at Miller Park, the Brewers brought out the heavy lumber, as Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Yuniesky Betancourt all went deep as the Brewers used a six run fifth inning to win the opener 9-6. However, in Game 2 Shaun Marcum struggled badly as the Cardinals won 12-3 to even the series. In St. Louis for Game 3, the Brewers fell behind early 4-0, but quickly made it 4-3. However, they could not get anywhere against the Cardinals bullpen as St. Louis took control of the series with a 4-3 win. The Brewers would bounce back with a 4-2 win in Game 4. The Cardinals would be too much to handle as they took advantage of poor Brewers fielding to win 7-1 in Game 5. Not even a return to Miller Park could save Old Milwaukee, as the Cardinals bashed the Brewers 12-6 to win the series in six games on the way to an improbable World Championship.
2012: After falling short of reaching the World Series the Brewers suffered the blues of a small market team as they lost several key players to free agency Mark Kotsay, Jerry Hairston, Jr., and Prince Fielder, who signed with the Detroit Tigers, while Craig Counsell announced his retirement. For a while it appeared that they would also begin the season without MVP Ryan Braun, who received a 50 game suspension failing a test for Performance Enhancing Drugs. However, Braun appealed the suspension saying that his urine sample was mishandled, an argument a baseball arbitrator ruled in favor of reversing Braun’s positive test. To help replace the lost offense the Brewers signed SS Alex Gonzalez and 3B Aramis Ramirez, while also picking up Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki. Despite the loss of fire power, the Brewers offense was not a worry early in the season as Aramis Ramirez was a more than suitable replacement for Prince Fielder with 27 home runs, 105 RBI and a .300 average, as Braun again put up MVP type numbers, with a league leading 41 home runs along with 112 RBI and a .319 average. The Brewers also got a big season from Corey Hart who had 30 home runs, 83 RBI and a .270 a verage, while Catcher Jonathan Lucroy led the team with a .320 batting average in 96 games. However, the Brewers pitching would falter as their bullpen struggled to hold leads all season as they held a 40-45 record at the All-Star Break. Fearful of losing another free agent star, the Brewers would trade Zack Grienke to the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline receiving top minor league shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league relief pitchers in return. Despite the trade of Grienke, and an injury to Shawn Marcum, the Brewers managed to get back in the playoff race when they won 25 of 32 games, to go 54-66 on August 19th to 79-73 on September 23rd. However, in the final two weeks the Brewers would run out of gas as they finished the season in third place with a record of 83-79.
2013: Hoping to rebound from a third place finish the Milwaukee Brewers stumbled out of the gate, as they lost eight of their first ten games, despite beating the Colorado Rockies 6-5 in a ten innings on Opening Day. Though they would get things turned in the right direction, quickly as they won their next nine games, highlighted by a sweep of the defending champion San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. The Brewers would finish April above .500 at 14-11, but disastrous May would sink any playoff hopes. The Brewers would not win two games in a row at any point in May, as they posted a dreadful record of 6-22. May would be just as bad off the field as the façade of Ryan Braun’s “false positive” steroids reprieve was blown up when the Brewers All-Star was named in the Biogenesis probe. Facing a long suspension for a second offensive, Braun would eventually settle with MLB and accept a 65 suspension that would sideline him the final two months of the season. Braun would play just 61 games, hitting nine home runs with 38 RBI and a .298 average. While, Braun was having his reputation tarnished, Carlos Gomez was having a breakout season, leading the Brewers with 24 home runs, 73 RBI, 40 stolen bases and a batting average of .284. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy also had a solid season, leading the team with 82 RBI along with 18 home runs. The Brewers had trouble finding consistent pitching as Yovani Gallardo posted a 12-10 record, while pitching to an ERA of 4.18, while the Brewers pen struggled all season. The Brewers would never recover from their terrible May, as they sank to fourth place and posted a disappointing record of 74-88.
2014: The Milwaukee Brewers began their 45th season in strong fashion, beating the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on opening day at Miller Park. Despite dropping their next two games, the Brewers found themselves at the top of the National League Central in quick order as they won nine straight, highlighted by a sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Brewers would spend nearly all of April in first place, as they ended the month with a record of 20-8. The Brewers would come back down to earth a bit in May, as they posted a record of 13-15. Despite their struggles in May, the Brewers maintained their lead in the National League Central Division. June would see the Brewers again play winning baseball throughout the month as they won 18 games, and entered July holding a six and half game lead in the division with a record of 51-32. Helping the Brewers to their strong half, was Wily Peralta, who had a breakout season posting a team beat record of 17-11, with an ERA of 3.53. Despite Peralta’s strong season he would not be one of the four Brewers invited to the All-Star Game. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was a first time All-Star, with 13 home runs, 69 RBI and a solid .301 average. Lucroy was joined by Carlos Gomez, Juan Segura and Francisco Rodriguez. Segura and Gomez gave the Brewers a big spark at the top of the lineup, stealing a combined 54 bases. Carlos Gomez, would score 95 runs, while leading Milwaukee with 23 homers and 73 RBI, while batting .283. Meanwhile K-Rod, was the Brewers rock out of the bullpen, saving 44 games. Like a rollercoaster July would see the Brewers take a big plunge as they dropped 11 of 13 games heading into the All-Star Break. Despite the terrible month, the Brewers never slipped out of first place and ended July with a record of 60-49, leading the Central division by two games. The Brewers would start of August playing strong baseball, as they continued to hold on to first place, winning 11 0f 17 games, including a win over Clayton Kershaw as the Brewers took five of six from the Los Angeles Dodgers on consecutive weekends. Following a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on August 19th, the Brewers held a record of 71-55 and held a two and half game lead. The Brewers would end August on a sour note losing eight-of-ten games and lost their grip on the Central division. The Brewers losing streak continued in September as dropped out of first place following a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Labor Day. The Brewers had been tied for first or at the top of the NL Central since April 5th, holding the top spot for 147 days. The Brewers would never regain the top spot in the division and soon found themselves falling behind in the Wild Card race, as they suffered a stretch where they dropped 16 of 19 games. The Brewers would never recover from their late summer collapse, as they posted a record of 82-80, finishing in third place.
2015: After their poor finish the Milwaukee Brewers had a relatively quiet off-season. The Brewers two most notable moves saw them trade away Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays for Adam Lind, while Yovani Gallardo was sent to the Texas Rangers for three prospects (Corey Knebel, Luis Sardinas, and Marcos Diplan). To say the season started poorly for the Brewers would be an understatement as they suffered a 10-0 loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on Opening Day. The Brewers would lose their first four games 13 of their first 15 games. On May 3rd with the team sitting in last place at 7-18, Manager Ron Roenicke was relieved of his duties. Craig Counsell a part time announcer and assistant to General Manager Doug Melvin would be handed over the reins the following day. The Brewers would respond well to the managerial change, winning seven of ten games. After ending May with a record of 17-34 the Brewers played considerably better over the final four months and even managed to escape last place in September, despite dealing away some of their top players including Carlos Gomez. However, that may have been the only positive in an otherwise terrible 68-94 record. The Brewers got solid seasons from Ryan Braun (27), Khris Davis (25) and Adam Lind (20) who each topped 20 home runs. Pitching meanwhile, was a sore spot, as Jimmy Nelson at 11-13 was the only hurler to reach double digit wins.
2016: Not much was expected for the Milwaukee Brewers as the season began as it was clear the team was still in a rebuild mode, with not much depth in the lineup and on the mound, which is why nobody batted an eye as the Brewers stumbled their way through April, posting a record of 8-15. The Brewers would show signs of improvement over in May, posting a winning record. One player who emerged out of nowhere was Junior Guerra, who after 14 years in the minors had a break out season, posting a record of 9-3 with an ERA of 2.81. Zach Davies also had a solid season, posting an 11-7 record with a 3.97 ERA. The Brewers had a good stretch after the All-Star Break, but with the trade deadline the Brewers goal was to get some prospects so they dealt All-Star Catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Texas Rangers for Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later. The Brewers would go on to finish the year with a record of 73-89. The Brewers got big numbers from Chris Carter, who led the National League with 41 home runs, and had 94 RBI, while Ryan Braun had 30 homers and 91 RBI.
2017: After nearly losing 90 games in 2016, the Milwaukee Brewers looked for unconventional ways to improve. One of those included signing Eric Thames who had been playing in Korea the last three seasons. Written off as a bust in the majors, Thames developed into a power hitter with the NC Dinos. Upon arriving in Milwaukee, Eric Thames continued to show off his power bat, hitting seven home runs in April, before going on the disabled list with a thumb injury. The injury was a mere speed bump for Thames as he ended the year with 31 homers and 63 RBI. Thames was one of three Brewers to hit 30 home runs as Travis Shaw had 31 with a team-high 100 RBI and Domingo Santana had 30 with 85 RBI. The power spark provided by Eric Thames helped the Brewers post a 13-13 record in April. In a division where nobody was off to a flying start, the Brewers were able to believe from the start they had a chance to make the playoffs. In May, the Brewers found themselves in first place. Among the highlights was a memorable Mother’s Day comeback against the New York Mets at Miller Park. At one time trailing 7-1, the Brewers won the game 11-9, thanks to a three-run home run by Manny Pina in the eighth inning. The Brewers would lead the Central Division for the remainder of the first half, as they went into the All-Star Break with a record of 50-41 holding a five and a half-game lead over the defending champion Chicago Cubs. Out of the break, the Brewers had an ill-timed slump, losing six straight as the ended August at 55-52 with the Cubs quickly catching and passing them atop the division standings. The Brewers would battle the Cubs the last two months, but could not find the consistency that had taken them to first place. Several costly slumps prevent Milwaukee from making any type of sustained run, as the Cubs went on to win the division. The Brewers though were in the Wild Card race until the last day of the season, finishing one game behind the Colorado Rockies with a record of 86-76. On the mound, the Brewers had three reliable starters with Zach Davies leading the way with a 17-9 record and an ERA of 3.90 as recorded 204 strikeouts. Chase Anderson meanwhile went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA, while Jimmy Nelson went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA. In the bullpen, Corey Knebel had a solid season, recording 39 saves.
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