With 12 games left in the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers would now seem to be longshots to find away into baseball's postseason, despite the fact that they're still tied with Philadelphia for the NL Wildcard lead. The Brewers were swept by the Phillies in a 4-game series over the weekend, dropping both ends of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, 7-3 and 6-1.
The Astros, who were no-hit by the Chicago Cubs Sunday night at Miller Park, trail the Brewers and Phillies by 2-games.
The Brewers have now lost 4-straight games and 7 of their last 11. If they fail to make the playoffs, Ned Yost is likely managing his last games for the Brewers. But it's not all Yost's fault. Doug Melvin built this team, a team that still hasn't found a legitimate leadoff hitter. Together, Melvin and Yost have decided that this team is one that should rely on the long ball. They've made no attempt to play fundamental baseball. The Brewers don't bunt, they don't hit and run, they can't hit a ground ball to the right side of the field to move a runner to third. They don't seem to be able to score a runner from third base with less than two outs. In general, they don't do the little things that it takes to win games in September.
No, the Brewers would rather sit back and wait for the three run homer. The problem is, it's not coming. And with every passing game, the pressure gets bigger and bigger.
Believe it or not, the Brewers still have a say in this race with 12-games left to go. They start in Chicago against the Cubs on Tuesday night and are now facing must win situations.