The Brewers lost to the Cubs last night, while the Cardinals beat the Phillies. This drops the Brewers lead in the NL Central to 5.5 games, and leaves their magic number to clinch the division at 4 games. If you do the math, this means the Brewers cannot clinch until tomorrow (vs. the Cubs, in Chicago). For this to happen, they will need to win their next two games, while the Cardinals need to lose those two.
I doubt this will happen. Instead, I predict the Brewers will be celebrating their first division title in 29 years on Friday -- with a win over the Florida Marlins in Milwaukee. Better at home than away, right?
Here's where things stand before today's games:National League Central Division:Team Name ............... W - L ..... GB
Milwaukee Brewers .... 90 - 64 .... --- .... (8 games left)
St. Louis Cardinals ..... 84 - 69 ... 5.5 ... (9 games left)
The Brewers "Magic Number" is: -- 4The magic number represents the combination of wins by the leading team and losses by the second-place team that would clinch the division title.
Today's game: Milwaukee in Chicago (vs. Cubs). 7:05pm (CST)
We need a win today. Go Brewers!
"Soto powers Cubs over Brewers
" (last night's game recap)