With today’s 12-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers fell to 0-3 and now trail those same Cincinnati Reds by three games in the National League Central. With only 159 games remaining this season, the loss brings the Brewers elimination number (or tragic number, if you prefer) all the way down to 157. A combined 157 wins by the Cincinnati Reds and losses by the Milwaukee Brewers will eliminate the Brewers from NL Central competition.
157. Despite a catastrophic series filled with a blown save, a brutal outing by a new acquisition, and a blowout loss, all at the hands of a division rival, the Brewers are hardly closer to elimination than they were at the beginning of the season. That’s not to say the losses don’t hurt – in fact, they probably push the Reds in front of the Brewers in terms of playoff odds. But so many twists and turns remain this season that, particularly as fans, it’s not worth losing any amount of hope over. If the Brewers roster is indeed as good as it looked this spring – which we can’t say for sure for another two months, at least – the team will be fine.
If the hole deepens as we progress through April, it’ll be time to worry. But that time comes weeks, not days into a new season. For now, we should just enjoy the fact that our team is playing baseball.