Brewers Clinch 2019 NL Playoff Berth with Win vs. Reds

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IISeptember 26, 2019

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Milwaukee Brewers players celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching a playoff berth following a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 25, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Brew Crew are coming to an October near you.

Milwaukee beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 clinched a National League wild-card spot for the Brewers on Wednesday night.

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets were officially eliminated from contention as a result.

The Brewers have been on a tear in September, going 19-4. That includes a 12-2 mark since reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich was lost for the remainder of the season with a fractured kneecap on Sept. 10.

As of Sept. 5, the Brewers were 71-68 and 7.5 games back in the division as well as five behind in the wild-card race. To categorize Milwaukee making the postseason as surprising is an understatement, and Ryan Braun—who hit a grand slam against the Reds—agrees:

While it is never a positive to lose a player of Yelich's caliber, the Brewers could not have rallied any better.

Led by Yelich last fall, the Brewers won Game 163 to clinch the NL Central for the first time since 2011. Their run made it to the National League Championship Series before they fell 4-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Milwaukee has been led at the plate by Yelich through the majority of this season, too, as the 27-year-old outfielder had 44 home runs and 97 RBI with a .329/.429/.671 slash line at the time of his injury.

Once Yelich went down, though, the Brewers were carried by their pitching. In September, Milwaukee's starting rotation has the best ERA in MLB at 2.77. Jordan Lyles was behind Wednesday's victory, and the 28-year-old right-hander has gone 7-1 since the Pittsburgh Pirates traded him prior to the July 31 deadline.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell gushed over Lyles while celebrating his second postseason trip since taking over the Brewers in 2015:

Somehow, in the aftermath of losing one of the game's best players, the Brewers have a chance at snagging back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1981-82. After Wednesday's action, Milwaukee sits just 1.5 games back from the St. Louis Cardinals, who have also clinched a postseason berth.

Whoever loses out on the Central crown will play the Washington Nationals in the NL Wild Card on Tuesday.

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