September 2, 2020: Josh Hader retired the Tigers without a hit in the ninth inning of an 8–5 win. It was the relief pitcher’s 12th hitless outing in a row from the beginning of the season, which set a new big-league record.
Season Preview: Milwaukee came within a hair of beating the champion Nationals in the playoffs last fall, and they believe that if Christian Yelich can stay healthy, they have a shot at the World Series in 2020. Yelich powers a lineup that can do a lot of good things if everyone stays healthy. The team’s pitching staff is led by Brandon Woodruff and Josh Hader, two of the best in the business.
Season Recap: Milwaukee fans almost lost hope in 2019 after the team’s best player, Christian Yelich, was knocked out by a knee injury late in the season. Instead of giving up, the Brewers played great baseball in the final month to earn a playoff spot. Several hitters had superb seasons, including Yelich with 44 home runs, and Mike Moustakas, and rookie Keston Hiura. The team depended heavily on its bullpen throughout the year, especially John Hader. When Hader could not hold a lead against the Nationals in the Wild Card game, their season ended early.
April 27, 2019: Christian Yelich homered for the 14th time before May 1 to tie a record shared by Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
Season Preview: If the Brewers get another MVP-quality season out of Christian Yelich and their bullpen is as good as it was in 2018, the team could repeat as NL Central champs this year. The everyday lineup is excellent with Jesus Aguilar, Ryan Braun, and Travis Shaw in the middle, but the starting pitching is very shaky. Of course, it was shaky last year, too.
Season Recap: The Brewers surprised baseball experts by making it all the way to the NLCS, where they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team’s starting pitching was up and down all year, but the Brewer bullpen was sensational. The team’s hitting star was Christian Yelich, who led the league in batting, slugging and total bases after coming to the team in a preseason trade. Lorenzo Cain, Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar also had fine years at the plate.
April 13, 2018: Josh Hader struck out 8 Reds in 2 2/3 innings. It was the first time a pitcher notched 8 strikeouts pitching fewer than three innings.
April 19, 2018: Ryan Braun pinch-hit a home rune against the Marlins and collected his 1,000th career RBI.
Season Preview: If there is one team that scares the Cubs in the NL Central, it would be the Brewers. Their batting order is good from top to bottom, with newcomers Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain at the top. Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies lead a starting staff that keeps Milwaukee in games. Corey Knebel, Josh Hader, and Jeremy Jeffress make up a good bullpen.
Season Recap: The Brewers were the most surprising team in the NL, winning 86 games and leading the NL Central for much of the year. A second-half slump left them one win short of a playoff berth. Newcomers Travis Shaw and Eric Thames combined for 62 homers, while young stars Zach Davies, Corey Knebel, Orlando Arcia, and Domingo Santana played very well.
June 3, 2017: Travis Shaw hit a grand slam in a game against the Dodgers. It was one of seven grand slams hit in baseball on June 3rd—the most ever in one day.
November 1, 2016: The Brewers began the year as a club built for power and ended the season as a team known for its speed. Chris Carter tied for the NL lead with 41 homers and Ryan Braun added 30, but many of Milwaukee’s 73 wins came from the base running and quick defense of Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and Keon Broxton. Young Zach Davies was the team’s best pitcher.
October 5, 2016: The Brewers focused on rebuilding their team, and found some bright young stars in 2016. Jonathan Villar led the NL with 62 stolen bases, Hernan Perez was a super utility player, Keon Broxton had a great second half, and Zach Davies was lights-out on the mound. He was just one of many talented pitchers the Brewers will take into 2017.
August 19, 2016: The Brewers scored at least one run in every inning during a victory over the Braves.
October 14, 2015: Pitching problems kept the Brewers from competing much of the season and they finished in 4th place. Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, and Adam Lind supplied power for the Milwaukee lineup, and Gerardo Parra was the team’s leading hitter before being traded to the Orioles late in the year.
April 23, 2015: Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez became only the 10th player to save 350 games when he closed out a 4–2 victory over the Reds.
April 5, 2015: The Brewers faded down the stretch in 2014. The team returns with the same basic group of players in 2015, vowing that it won’t happen again. In order to finish strong, the Brewers will need good years from sluggers Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, and Jonathan Lucroy, young shortstop Jean Segura, and relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.
November 1, 2014: The Brewers began the year with lots of holes in its lineup, but managed to plug them very well. Indeed, Milwaukee was in first place for nearly five months before losing 13 of 14 games and falling to third. Ryan Braun, Yonavi Gallardo, and Jean Segura had so-so seasons, and young stars Khris Davis, Wily Peralta and Scooter Gennett could not make up the difference.
September 18, 2014: Jonathan Lucroy set a new record for doubles by a catcher. He broke the old record of 44, set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996, and finished with a league-high 53 doubles.
March 31, 2014: An excellent starting pitching staff will have to carry the load for the Brewers, because the offense is only so-so. A core of Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez is good—but is it good enough to power the team to more than 75 or 80 wins?
October 1, 2013: Milwaukee struggled through most of the year without an everyday first baseman or left fielder. Great performances by rising infield stars Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett—along with young veterans Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy—gave Milwaukee fans something to talk about heading into 2014.
March 30, 2013: Ryan Braun and Yovanni Gallardo lead the Brewers into battle in 2013. Beyond these two, there are question marks at almost every position. The team in counting on big years from Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez, and Kyle Lohse in order to contend for the NL Central crown.
October 3, 2012: Most experts picked the Brewers to win the NL Central easily, but nothing was easy for the team in 2012, especially in the pitching department. The team’s hitters did a good job keeping games close. Japanese rookie Norichika Aoki had a good year, as did another newcomer, Aramis Ramirez. Ryan Braun was he team’s top batter. He led the NL with 41 home runs, 108 runs, and 356 total bases. Braun and Ramirez tied for the league lead with 80 extra-base hits apiece.
September 16, 2012: In a game against the Mets, Ryan Braun clouted the 200th homer of his career. The 2012 season was Braun’s sixth as a big-leaguer. No one in history reached 200 homers and 100 stolen bases faster.
April, 2012: The big news in Milwaukee for 2012 will be the hole created by the departure of Prince Fielder. Will Ryan Braun be as good a hitter without his buddy in the lineup? Mat Gamel will get first shot at Prince’s old position, but the missing power is more likely to be supplied by newcomer Aramis Ramirez at third base. The key to Milwaukee’s success will be its pitching, of course. If the Brewers get good years out of their top hurlers, they should win 90 to 100 games, no sweat.