It's astounding joy for the 12 MLB teams that secure a playoff spot, but crushing disappointment for those that barely miss out. The Milwaukee Brewers couldn't win games down the stretch and it cost them a spot in the postseason. Outfielder Christian Yelich dove deep into what caused the collapse.
The Brewers couldn't have asked for a better start to the season, going 32-18 across their first 50 games. It was the best 50-game start in franchise history. They were atop the NL Central for almost the entire first half of the year, until the trade deadline arrived. Yelich said that's when things changed.
The trade of All-Star closer Josh Hader didn't send the "right message" to the clubhouse, according to starting pitcher Eric Lauer. Yelich echoed those same thoughts, saying "it was a shock to the room and caught everybody by surprise." At its core, Milwaukee just couldn't win when it mattered, though.
“Fifty games is a good start, but that’s why being a playoff team is so hard. You have to do it wire to wire.”- Christian Yelich on Brewers' collapse
Yelich reverted back to the same idea a few times in his postgame interview. It's the idea of having an "identity" as a team and a "formula to win." Milwaukee had made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons before this year and knew what it took to emerge victorious. That wasn't the case this time.
The Brewers have two games left on the schedule before they enter an offseason filled with tough decisions to make. Decisions that the front office needs to get right. After all, Milwaukee hasn't reached the World Series since 1982 and is one of only six current MLB squads to never win it all.
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