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Milwaukee Brewers: Their Recent History

By Edited Dec 16, 2015 0 0

The Milwaukee Brewers have been in the National League since 1998, and they won their first division title in 2011. For the first time since their World Series loss in 1982, they won a playoff series and were one step away from representing the National League in the 2012 World Series. However, a loss to the Cardinals ended the Brewers’ season.

Milwaukee Brewers uniform.

2007

Record: 83-79
NL Central Finish: 2nd
Playoffs: None

After posting several sub-.500 seasons in a row during the 1990s and 2000s, the Brewers put together a winning season in 2007. In fact, the team led the NL Central for a large percentage of the season only to see the Chicago Cubs take the title by two games.

The team got a strong season from first baseman Prince Fielder, who hit 50 home runs. Starter Ben Sheets went 12-5 with a 3.82 ERA, while closer Francisco Cordero had 44 saves with a 2.98 ERA.

All-Star Players

1B Prince Fielder
P Francisco Cordero
P Ben Sheets
SS J.J. Hardy

2008

Record: 90-72
NL Central Finish: 2nd
Playoffs: Lost in the LDS to the Philadelphia Phillies (3-1)

The Brewers enjoyed their first playoff berth in 26 years taking the NL wildcard. The team overcame a shaky start, and after solid months in June and July, Milwaukee was in second in the NL Central. Although the team never caught the Cubs in the division, the Brewers’ 90-72 record was enough to hold off the Mets for the wildcard. Strangely, the team filed manager Ned Yost and replaced him with bench coach Dale Sveum for the final 12 games, along with the playoff series.

The playoffs were a different matter, as Milwaukee lost the Phillies, three games to one.

The team’s young stars continued to emerge. Fielder hit 34 homers, while outfielder Ryan Braun hit 37 and knocked in 106 RBI. The team saw strong pitching from CC Sabathia (11-2, 1.65 ERA) and Sheets (13-9, 3.09 ERA). The team had acquired Sabathia in a mid-season trade with Cleveland.

All-Star Players

OF Ryan Braun
P Ben Sheets
OF Corey Hart

2009

Record: 80-82
NL Central Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

Ken Macha stepped in as manager of the 2009 Marlins, but the team was unable to repeat its success from the previous season. The team had a division lead until the beginning of April, but a mediocre month of July dropped the team all the way to 4th. The Brewers wound up 11 games out of first.

Fielder knocked 46 home runs and batted .299 with a team-high 141 RBI, while Braun hit .320 with 114 RBI. Closer Trevor Hoffman (age 41) had 37 saves with an ERA of 1.83.

All-Star Players

OF Ryan Braun
P Trevor Hoffman
1B Prince Fielder

2010

Record: 77-85
NL Central Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

The Brewers continued to slide in 2010, falling 11 games out of first by June 5. Milwaukee had a losing record for most of the season and wound up 14 games out of first. The poor showing cost Macha his job.

Nearly all of the Brewers’ starters saw their offensive stats drop. Braun hit .304 with 25 homers, while Fielder hit 32 homers with a .261 average. Corey Hart made a trip the All-Star Game and finished the season with 31 homers. Another All-Star, starter Yovani Gallardo, had a record of 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA.

All-Star Players

OF Ryan Braun
OF Corey Hart
P Yovani Gallardo

2011

2011

Record: 96-66
NL Central Finish: 1st
Playoffs: Lost in the NLCS to St. Louis (4-2)

The Brewers put together one of their best seasons in 2011, winning a franchise-record 96 games and winning the NL Central. The team had a poor month of April and was near the bottom of the standing as May began. However, a six-game winning streak in late May gave the team a boost, and the Brewers were able to grab the division lead by June 12. By July 27, the team had wrestled away the division lead again and held it for the rest of the regular season.

Milwaukee won its first playoff series since 1982 by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in divisional series. The Brewers took game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, and the series was tied at 2-2 after four games. However, St. Louis won game 5 at home and then routed the Brewers in game 6 to knock Milwaukee from the playoffs.

Fielder and Braun again had good seasons at the plate, and they were joined by infielder Rickie Weeks on the All-Star team.

All-Star Players

1B Prince Fielder
2B Rickie Weeks
OF Ryan Braun

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