San Francisco, Milwaukee and Los Angeles are the top three MLB National latitude teams that can begin planning the playoffs. The Brewers are in the postseason for the fourth straight season with one of the best pitching rotations and have their sights set on the NL Central title, trailing the Cardinals, Reds and Cubs for most of the season. the season.
The Brewers were confirmed finalists by defeating the Cubs at home 6-4. That, coupled with losses to the Reds and Padres, means the Brewers join the Giants and Dodgers, who were previously locked in in the 2021 MLB postseason.
The Brewers are assured of at least one wild-card spot in the playoffs, but they will almost certainly win the NL Central title for the second time in the past four seasons. Currently, they lead the Cardinals by 12 1/2 games, with 14 games remaining on their schedule. While the Brewers are likely on the line for the No. 3 seed in the NL draw, they are still alive in the race for first place overall.
At 91-57, manager Craig Counsell’s team needs to win just six of those last 14 games to set the franchise record for wins in a season. If they can go 9-5 the rest of the way, then the Brewers will mark the first 100-win season in franchise history. Overall, this marks the Brewers’ eighth appearance in the playoffs, half of which have come under Counsell.
The biggest goal, of course, is for the Brewers to win the World Series for the first time, leaning on their rotation of Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta, as well as a blocking body in the last one headed by closer Josh Hader. The key for the offense will be recovering shortstop Willy Adames from a quadriceps injury before the start of the playoffs.
The Brewers’ fourth consecutive trip to the postseason is a reminder that they have become one of the model organizations in MLB under the control of Counsell and president of baseball operations David Stearns.
Of the best versions of San Francisco
With 15 games to go in the playoffs, the 2021 Giants have already become one of the best regular-season clubs in franchise history in the San Francisco era, as they could end up with a record of more than 100 games won.
The team features local stars Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt and a pitching staff that has survived multiple injuries. At 95-52 entering a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves, a 9-6 finish would give the Giants a San Francisco-era record of 104 wins and the most since a 1905 club. led by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson who won 105 games. A record season would be an extraordinary achievement, but it still might not be enough to end the Dodgers’ eight-straight NL West title streak. The Giants were the first franchise to earn a postseason ticket for the first time since 2016 after defeating the San Diego Padres.
Dodgers, the consistency model
Defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers are in line to host the National League wild-card game and are still looming for the lead in the NL West for the ninth consecutive season. Regardless of whether they can surpass the Giants for Western supremacy, they return to the postseason for the ninth year in a row.
“The giants are not losing, so it will not be easy. It’s going to be fun, “commented star Clayton Kershaw. If the Dodgers can’t catch the Giants, they’ll be hosting the Wild Card Game.
“It is part of a step towards achieving our goal for 2021, to win the World Series. Getting an invitation to the dance, to the postseason, that’s the beginning, “manager Dave Roberts said last Tuesday.
The team’s nine consecutive playoffs is the third longest streak in Major League history, just 14 behind the Braves between 1991 and 2005, a streak interrupted by the strike-shortened 1994 year during which Atlanta was in the position. wild card when the season stopped. and 13 for the Yankees from 1995 to 2007. If the Dodgers win the NL West, they would match the Yankees (1998-2006) for the second-longest winning streak in the division, behind 11 in a row for the Braves ( 1995-2005). The chance of making the playoffs increased during the wild-card era, through 27 years, but the fact that the Dodgers have won eight straight division titles and are in contention for a ninth this year is remarkable in itself. Only six other teams have made the postseason, including five consecutive seasons. The most impressive of the bunch are the Yankees, who won five consecutive championships from 1949 to 53, and then made five consecutive World Series from 1960 to 64 (winning two) when only one team in each league made the postseason.
Another possibility remains, in case the Dodgers cannot win the division, they will have to play in the National League wild card game against one of the few teams still competing for second place. If the season ended today, the Dodgers would play the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. But if the Dodgers win the division, they will wait for the winner of the NL Wild Card Game for the NL Division Series.
The 2021 playoffs will begin on October 5 with the American League wild-card game, and the World Series is scheduled to start on October 26.