The Milwaukee Brewers dreams of a fifth-ever trip to the postseason ended Saturday when the team blew a six-run lead and lost 7-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers (86-76) closed the season with a 6-1 win over St. Louis on Sunday and ended up one game behind Colorado for the second wild card. If the teams had tied, they would have met in a playoff game Monday in Denver.
None of this seemed possible at the beginning of the season, which was expected to be a rebuilding year.
So with the postseason nearly within their grasp, let's take a look at how the 2017 Brewers match up — statistically — with the four Brewers teams to make the postseason in the team's history.
1981: 1st in the second half in AL East, lost the AL Division Series to the Yankees
The 1981 Milwaukee Brewers went 62-47 in a strike-shortened season to finish first in the second half of the year in the American League East Division (pictured). They then lost the AL Division Series 3-2 to the New York Yankees, who then lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
Win-loss %: 0.569 Runs: 493 Runs allowed: 459 ERA: 3.91 Home runs: 96 RBIs: 475 Batters' avg. age: 28.9 Pitchers' avg. age: 29.1 Manager: Buck Rodgers General Manager: Harry Dalton Top 5 players by wins above replacement:
Robin Yount Rollie Fingers Cecil Cooper Gorman Thomas Pete Vuckuvich
1982: 1st in AL East, lost the World Series to the Cardinals
The Brewers went 95-67 to again finish first in the American League East Division. They beat the California Angels 3-2 to win the American League
pennant (pictured), but then lost the World Series 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Win-loss %: 0.586 Runs: 891 Runs allowed: 717 ERA: 3.98 Home runs: 216 RBIs: 843 Batters' avg. age: 29.5 Pitchers' avg. age: 30.3 Manager: Buck Rodgers (23-24) and Harvey Kuenn (72-43) General Manager: Harry Dalton Top 5 players by wins above replacement:
Robin Yount Paul Molitor Cecil Cooper Gorman Thomas Ben Oglivie
2008: 2nd in the NL Central, lost the NL Division Series to the Phillies
The 2008 Brewers went 90-72 to finish second in the National League Central Division. They then lost the NL Divisional Series 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies, who went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 in the World Series.
Win-loss %: 0.556 Runs: 750 Runs allowed: 689 ERA: 3.85 Home runs: 198 RBIs: 772 Batters' avg. age: 28.7 Pitchers' avg. age: 29.9 Manager: Ned Yost (83-67) and Dale Sveum (7-5) General Manager: Doug Melvin Top 5 players by wins above replacement:
CC Sabathia (pictured right) J.J. Hardy Ryan Braun Ben Sheets Mike Cameron
2011: 1st in NL Central, lost NL Championship Series to the Cardinals
The 2011 Milwaukee Brewers went 96-66 to finish first in the National League Central Division. They then beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 to win the NL Division Series (pictured), but lost the NL Championship Series to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. The Cardinals won the World Series that year, beating the Texas Rangers 4-3.
Win-loss %: 0.593 Runs: 721 Runs allowed: 638 ERA: 3.63 Home runs: 185 RBIs: 693 Batters' avg. age: 28.9 Pitchers' avg. age: 29.3 Manager: Ron Roenicke General Manager: Doug Melvin Top 5 players by wins above replacement:
Ryan Braun Prince Fielder Shaun Marcum Corey Hart Nyjer Morgan
2017: In the hunt (stats through Oct. 2)
The Brewers (86-76) finished the season one game behind the Colorado Rockies in the hunt for the second NL wild card spot.
Win-loss %: 0.531 Runs: 732 Runs allowed: 697 ERA: 4.00 Home runs: 224 RBIs: 695 Batters' avg. age: 27.4 Pitchers' avg. age: 28.4 Manager: Craig Counsell General Manager: David Stearns Top 5 players by wins above replacement:
Travis Shaw Chase Anderson Corey Knebel Zach Davies Jimmy Nelson