Two weeks ago I made the case for Betting on the Milwaukee Brewers to win the 2011 World Series.
The Milwaukee Brewers don’t have the best record in MLB, at 81-44 (.648) the Philadelphia Phillies hold that distinction. At 44-16 however, they do have the best record at home. And after starting the year 16-31 on the road, the Brewers have now won 13 of their last 18 road games. In fact, of late Milwaukee is winning just about every game they play, regardless of the venue. I heard they even kicked the butts of some 9-year old camp kids in a spirited game of Wiffle Ball in the Citi Field parking lot after the Sunday’s 6-2 win against the New York Mets.
After sweeping the Mets three games in NY, the Brew Crew have now come out on top in an astounding 22 out of its last 25 games, and 31 out of 41, placing them at 76-52 (.594) on the year. When asked after the game if he had ever been part of such a run, Prince Fielder said, “Little League. That team was sick.” (Fielder played on a Little League team in Orlando that included Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and Washington Nationals reliever Sean Burnett.)
Fielder’s National League-leading 98th RBI marked the go-ahead in Sundays win against NY and has the team bound for Pittsburgh for a three game series against the Pirates, 8.5 games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central with 34 games left to play. Their 8.5 game least is the largest lead of any of baseball’s six division leaders.
The Brewers may not be the best team in MLB, but they are certainly the hottest.
Prince Fielder will be one of the prized free agents on the market when this year is over and the fact that Albert Pujols will be on the market too will hurt both of them in terms of bargaining. ‘Team A’ doesn’t have to feel pressured to over bid for one of these guys because they can still sign the other. Anyone losing out on the Pujols sweepstakes will be able to get a pretty good consolation player in Fielder and vice versa.
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