It's been nearly two years since the Milwaukee Brewers could savor the fact of their leading the NL Central, but these days, that reality comes as no surprise. In fact, a quick glance at the standings, and you'd find that these Brewers lead the NL Central by a substantial three games.
Yes, the lofty expectations allotted to manager Ron Roenicke's crew proved to be a formidable ambition for one of baseball's most talent-enriched teams at season's beginning, but the scorching-hot Brewers can't quite seem to bow down to the elevated expectations.
Now sitting at a pleasant nine games over the .500 mark—along with the major league's best home winning percentage (73 percent)—the Brewers are hardly underachieving. Granted, Milwaukee may have some kinks to work out when it comes to long road-trips—the Brewers are 15-24 on the road this season—but there's nothing to complain about when it comes to what they've been able to accomplish as of late.
More recently, though, leading NL vote-getter Ryan Braun and superstar free-agent to be Prince Fielder continued their profound success against American League pitching—amassing 10 RBI, 2 HR, .285 BA and six runs scored between the two. To put that into perspective, think of this: The two were responsible for 16 of Milwaukee's 21 runs scored (76 percent, respectively) in their weekend series against Minnesota.
Is it just me, or is something brewing in Milwaukee?
For as astonishingly impressive as both Braun and Fielder have been, it's Milwaukee's starting rotation and bullpen that's responsible for closing the proverbial door on opposing ballclubs.
To their absolute credit, Milwaukee's refurbished pitching carries a combined 3.82 ERA and .249 BAA—enough to be 12th and 10th best in all of baseball. Needless to say, the focus and attention placed on improving their abysmal rotation of 2010 has payed off.
With the victory Sunday, each of Milwaukee's starting-five (Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson) have at least five victories each—the most of any five-starter rotation in the big-leagues.
Should things keep up, don't expect these Brewers to relinquish their current three-game lead when they hit the road to the Bronx to face the AL East leading Yankees.