Are Milwaukee Brewers a Legit World Series Contender?

Ted Leroux Correspondent IAugust 21, 2011

The city of Milwaukee is brewing up two things these days. Miller Beer and a World Series contender. 

The Brewers are 22-3 in their last 25 games and are the hottest team in baseball. The bats of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have caught fire as well as they are leading the Brewer offense. It's not only offense that is propelling the Brewers right now. The pitching of Shawn Marcum and Yovanni Gallardo has shut down opposing batters along with Zack Grienke. 

But the question surrounding this team is: Are the Brewers for real? 

I say yes. I think that the batting order has a lot of depth. From Nyger Morgan to Rickie Weeks and all the way down to Yuniesky Betancourt, this is a very deep lineup and requires the best effort from the opposing pitcher every single night. Pitchers can’t take a batter off in this lineup because of all the weapons in this lineup. 

The question of legitimacy revolves around the Brewers competition. If you take a look at the National League, I only see one team that is better than the Brewers and that is the Philadelphia Phillies. As of right now, I believe the Brewers are better offensively, but, the Phillies do boast one of the best starting rotations in baseball history, which will help them tremendously in October. 

If the Brewers can keep up the hot streak into October, they are definitely one of the top contenders to take home the World Championship, and are also likely to keep Prince Fielder in Milwaukee.