Brewers off to hot start in August

Travis WackerCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers were surging towards the top of the NL Central before they entered their first home stand post-All-Star break. The Brew Crew had started the second half by sweeping the San Francisco Giants (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games) all on the road. That's when the fun ended though. Milwaukee started a seven-game home stand with three against the Houston Astros and four against the Chicago Cubs. The Crew could only muster just one win out of the seven games, which included a sweep by the Cubs. The Brewers went into that Chicago series just one game back in the NL Central and came out five games back.

With that being said, the Beermakers are trying to brew up something that they haven't done in 26 years -- Make the playoffs. The Brewers last made the playoffs in 1982 when they were still part of the American League. Milwaukee had actually made it to the World Series that year and had a 3-2 series lead, but couldn't finish it off losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since, July has ended, when the Brewers had a record of 16-9, the Crew has one their first two games of August. The young squad started a three-game set in Atlanta on August first. Milwaukee won that first game by a score of 9-0 giving Jeff Suppan the win. The team then won on Saturday, the 2nd, 4-2 highlighted by a pair of Prince Fielder home runs accounting for three of the teams four runs. The win also improved CC Sabathia's record to 5-0 in six starts since Milwaukee acquired the lefty from Cleveland. It also gave Milwaukee its franchise record-tying ninth straight road victory. Wow.

This Brewer team is one to keep an eye on. And if you're playing this team come September, watch out, this isn't the same team it was last year. This team knows how to win whether it be in one-run games or slug-fests, this team can win them all.