RIP To The Brewers 8-Game Winning Streak

Brewers Nation, we’re not hanging our heads tonight. It was a hell of a run, even more so when you consider that we lost Eric Thames along the way. Even tonight, it was a hell of a fight. A one-nothing ballgame that ended with the tying run on first base and the man who has the highest WAR in the National League at the plate — the Mayor of Ding Dong City himself, Travis Shaw. The Brewers’ eight-game winning streak came to an end with a 98 MPH that was sent to the warning track, just shy of giving the Crew a 2-1 lead in the ninth.

Shout out to Skinny Schwarber, though. The defense is still a nightmare, but the weight loss is paying dividends as the 25-year-old is off to a red hot start. With that bomb tonight, his seventh, Schwarber’s OPS is up to 1.027 on the year. That puts him behind Rhys Hoskins, his teammate Javy Baez, Bryce Harper, Brandon Belt and Freddie Freeman for the National League lead. Pretty solid company to be in.

Back to the Brewers for a second — they’ve gotten a lot of shit for their lack of pitching. Perhaps they should’ve been in on Jake Arrieta (they definitely should’ve been). But that’s neither here nor there. Over their eight-game winning streak, the Brewers had a team ERA of 1.50 with a 0.93 WHIP.

Who said these Brewers can’t pitch? Is it sustainable? Well, that’s a question for another day. Despite the streak-ending loss, the main takeaway from tonight is that the Brewers showed that they can hang with the Cubs. It doesn’t matter if the Cubs are two games over .500 and in fourth place. The road to the NL Central goes through Wrigley.