Last week when we checked in with the Milwaukee Brewers they were two games behind San Diego for the final wild-card spot.
Entering Tuesday’s play, the Brewers find themselves 2 1/2 games in back of Philadelphia for that third wild card after going 3-3 in the five games since we last met.
The good news is there’s still time for Milwaukee to make the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. The bad news is the number of games lessens every day.
Here’s a look at this week’s games for the NL wild-card contenders:
SAN DIEGO (12 home, 3 away)
This week: vs. St. Louis (Sept. 20-22), at Colorado (Sept. 23-25), vs. L.A. Dodgers (Sept. 27-29)
Skinny: Last week mentioned Arizona might be just what San Diego needed to get back on track and after losing the opener to the Diamondbacks the Padres took the next three games. ... Things get a little tougher this week with a pair of division leaders, but San Diego gets to host both the Cardinals and Dodgers. … That being said, the Padres are 0-3 against St. Louis and just 4-12 vs. Los Angeles this season. … A trip to Colorado might seem like a panacea, but the Rockies own a 9-7 advantage over San Diego in 2022 with the Padres just 1-6 at Coors Field.
PHILADELPHIA (6 home, 10 away)
This week: vs. Toronto (Sept. 20-21), vs. Atlanta (Sept. 22-25), at Chicago Cubs (Sept. 27-29)
Skinny: The Phillies have lost four straight, including three in a row to Atlanta, which comes to Philadelphia this weekend. The Braves are trying to get out of the top wild card and be division leaders, so there will be no holding back. … Philadelphia lost a pair in Toronto back in July. This time around the Phillies will get Ross Stripling (8-4, 2.94) and Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.45), avoiding Cy Young candidate Alex Manoah (14-7, 2.40). … The Phillies play their final 10 games on the road but get to face moribund teams Chicago and Washington before closing the season against Houston, which already clinched its division. … Philadelphia is 0-3 against the Cubs this season, outscored 25-7. Those games were in late July. Chicago is 6-10 in September, although somehow swept a three-game series in New York against the Mets.
MILWAUKEE (11 home, 4 away)
This week: vs. New York Mets (Sept. 20-21), at Cincinnati (Sept. 22-25), vs. St. Louis (Sept. 27-28)
Skinny: Milwaukee split its games against St. Louis last week and took two out of three against the Yankees before dropping the opener to the Mets. New York throws Carlos Carrasco (15-6, 3.70) and Taijuan Walker (12-4, 3.42) in the final two games with the Brewers going with a bullpen game then Adrian Houser. ... The Reds are 17-28 over August and September. … Milwaukee is 10-5 against Cincinnati this season. … The Brewers have split the previous eight home games with St. Louis. … Barring a change in plans, it looks like Corbin Burnes will pitch the final game of the Reds series meaning he won’t go against the Cardinals. … If Milwaukee can gain ground or remain within reach, it closes the year with Miami (61-87, 14-32 since August) and Arizona (68-79).