The Milwaukee Brewers have been off to an impressive start to their 2017 campaign. Just one week ago, the team sat atop the NL Central at 25-18 after beating the world champion Cubs 6-3 at Wrigley Field. Game two of the series was controversially postponed by Chicago, and since then Milwaukee has looked off.
The team dropped four straight after the rain out, first getting throttled 13-6 by Chicago and then dropping back to back games against Toronto before losing to Arizona. The Brewers are now 25-22 and sit 0.5 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central. Perhaps the most concerning thing about their recent play though is their scoring dropping. After the bats came out red-hot to begin the season, they have begun to cool down and Milwaukee hasn’t been putting up as many runs of late.
Even during their four game win streak before the postponed game and brief losing streak, the Brewers were scoring less and less. They no longer lead the league in home runs, falling behind the Nationals (70) and Yankees (69) with 68, and have fallen out of the top ten in team batting average at .254.
So are the Brewers cooling off? Maybe, but it’s still too early to know for sure. Even 47 games in, the season is young and Milwaukee can recover from their recent drop in form. Bats get hot and cold all the time, let’s just hope the Brewers’ warm back up soon enough to keep themselves atop the division.
Milwaukee will finish their four game series against the Diamondbacks this weekend before playing another four games in New York against the Mets.