The month of September has been good for the Brewers so far, and the team looks to be heating up as the season comes to a close. Milwaukee has not appeared in the playoffs since 2011 when they lost to St. Louis in the NLCS, but with 11 games to play, Milwaukee could make their return to the postseason this year.

The team trails Chicago by three and a half games in the race for the NL Central, but have an opportunity to close that gap this weekend during a four game series against the Cubs at Miller Park. Even if the Brewers are unable to catch the defending champs in the division, the door to the playoffs remains open through the Wild Card spots. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies have held the two spots for what seems like forever, but Milwaukee sits just one game behind the Rockies, leaving them within reasonable striking distance.

If Milwaukee does make their way into the playoffs, the NL is wide open. The scorching hot LA Dodgers have cooled off significantly, and the Washington Nationals split their season series with the Brewers 3-3. The slate is wiped clean in October and all that matters is taking things one game at a time, something Milwaukee has done all season long. Through their ups and their downs, the Crew never quit, and that could be crucial to playoff success.

With a record of 81-71, Milwaukee should finish with a winning record – barring any disaster – for the first time since 2014 when they finished 82-80. Regardless of how the last couple weeks of the MLB season pan out, Brewers fans have an awful lot to be hopeful for in the coming years. With the talent on the roster, and a great manager in Craig Counsell, things could continue to trend upward in Milwaukee.