The Milwaukee Brewers are trying to make the postseason for the fifth consecutive year and have three weeks to do it.
As of games played through Sept. 12, the Brewers are on the outside looking in for that elusive playoff spot – but not that far out. At least in the wild-card race
Milwaukee is eight games in back of St. Louis in the National League Central but only two games in back of San Diego for the final wild card.
In fact, there’s basically three teams vying for the final two playoff spots. Philadelphia is 1 1/2 games ahead of San Diego in the wild-card standings. Atlanta is well ahead of the Phillies for the top wild card while San Francisco is nine games in back of the Padres (and thus seven behind the Brewers).
Here’s a look at this week’s games for the NL wild-card contenders:
PHILADELPHIA (6 home, 16 away)
This week: at Miami (Sept. 13-15), at Atlanta (Sept. 16-18), vs. Toronto (Sept. 20-21)
Skinny: Philadelphia plays better at home but isn’t bad on the road (34-31, .523). … The Phillies are 10-6 against the Marlins this season, including taking two of three last week, and 6-6 vs. the Braves. … Philly lost a pair in Toronto back in July. … Miami tosses ace Sandy Alcantara in the opener. … The Phillies will miss hard-throwing rookie Spencer Strider (10-5, 2.72), although will have to face Max Fried (13-6, 2.50) and Kyle Wright (17-5, 3.23).
SAN DIEGO (12 home, 9 away)
This week: at Seattle (Sept. 13-14), at Arizona (Sept. 15-18), vs. St. Louis (Sept. 20-22)
Skinny: The Padres get to close the season with nine games at home, although they’ll come against the powerhouse Dodgers, playoff-hopeful White Sox and rival Giants. … San Diego is 4-5 in September but a four-game set against the Diamondbacks might be what the doctor ordered. The Padres are 11-4 vs. the Diamondbacks in 2022. … However, San Diego is looking for its first win against both Seattle (0-2) and St. Louis (0-3). … The Padres are another team which has been nearly as good on the road (.542) than home (.551). However, San Diego is just 25-22 (.532) overall since the All-Star break.
MILWAUKEE (15 home, 6 away)
This week: at St. Louis (Sept. 13-14), vs. New York Yankees (Sept. 16-18), vs. New York Mets (Sept. 19-21)
Skinny: Like the Padres, Milwaukee closes with a nine-game homestand. … First, though, the Brewers have to face the gauntlet of three division leaders. The good news is Milwaukee is 27-27 against team with winning records. Believe it or not, the Brewers are just one of three National League teams who don’t have a losing record against winning clubs (the bad news is one of the others is the Mets; the Dodgers are the third). … Milwaukee is 39-27 (.591) at home. … The Brewers are expected to see Jameson Taillon (13-4, 3.94), Domingo German (2-3, 3.21) and Gerrit Cole (11-7, 3.20) in the Yankees series. … More good news: Jacob deGrom isn’t expected to pitch for the Mets against the Brewers, currently slated to start the day before the beginning of that series. … Milwaukee hasn’t won three consecutive games since Aug. 27-29 and have done it just three times since July.