MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Brewers were out of it. Finished. Kaput.
At least, that was the narrative a few weeks ago before the Brewers won 11 of 13 and pulled within 6.5 games of the wildcard. Now, the change in the clubhouse is tangible. And Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted that he's glanced at the standings more in the last few days than he had in the months before, when the Brewers were sellers at the deadline and looking purely at the future.
"I know we're looking at them a lot more than we were a couple weeks ago," Roenicke said. "We're playing really good ball, and it gets you excited about getting on a roll."
Excitement was definitely the word after the Brewers finished their sweep of the Pirates on Sunday a game that saw Milwaukee struggle mightily on the mound, only to respond with five home runs and 12 runs to make up for it.
Of course, opponents have certainly played a part in some of that stellar recordas non-contenders like Phil...