The Brewers’ magic number to finish with a better record than the Cubs is down to 27. The two teams begin a four-game series tonight at Wrigley Field. It is the last time they play each other this year.
Each Brewer victory during the series will lower the magic number by two, so a sweep would bring the magic number to 19. If Cubs manage a sweep, it will remain unchanged.
Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was detained by the TSA for 40 minutes and patted down twice on his return flight from last week’s all-star game in Phoenix.
This Brewer fan has little love for the Cubs. But even I don’t think their manager is a terrorist.
Well, the Brewers lost their final two games. The 2010 season is in the books at a middling 77-85. Another losing season. No playoffs this year. Manager Ken Macha was fired today. And Prince Fielder’s 50-home run swing will likely be traded away over the winter. Trevor Hoffman isn’t coming back. The starting pitching is still woefully thin. The team doesn’t seem to be in win-now mode anymore.
But I’m ok with that. Because at least they beat the Cubs (75-87).
Nothing against those poor, poor Cubs. I used to watch Harry Caray call their games after school when I was a kid. I cheered for Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson and Shawon Dunston. I even went to a few games at Wrigley Field and sang along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
But when my beloved Brewers clearly aren’t playoff-bound, I set a secondary goal. It gives meaning to otherwise meaningless September games. This year’s pennant race substitute was beating the division rival Cubs. After all, most of the league managed to. It’s good to know that my favorite team can, too.
Rooting for bad teams can teach important life lessons. This year, I learned that it’s hard to be disappointed when you have low expectations. One wonders what next year’s lesson will be.
Brewers 9, Mets 2.
Cubs 1, Padres 0.
The Brewers’ magic number is 1. The next Brewer win or Cub loss guarantees the Brewers a better record than the Cubs.
Milwaukee wraps up the season with three games against Cincinnati. The Reds have already clinched a division title, so they’re resting their starters. That improves Milwaukee’s chances.
Both teams have 3 games remaining.
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Brewers 8, Mets 7 (game 1 of doubleheader)
Brewers 3, Mets, 1 (game 2)
Padres 3, Cubs 0.
The Brewers’ magic number is 2. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs. The Brewers could clinch tonight if everything goes their way.
Both teams have 4 games remaining.
Brewers 7, Marlins 1.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 7.
The Brewers’ magic number is 5. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs.
Both teams have 7 games remaining.
Today was also probably the final home game as a Brewer for both Prince Fielder and Trevor Hoffman. Fielder is expected to be traded during the offseason. Hoffman will likely sign elsewhere if he doesn’t retire. This blog will miss them both.
Marlins 4, Brewers 0.
Cubs 7, Cardinals 3.
The Brewers’ magic number remains 7. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs.
Both teams have 8 games remaining.