Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 9/13/12
MILWAUKEE Nearly twenty minutes after the beat continued to roll on for the Milwaukee Brewers --fresh off a sweep of the NL wildcard-leading Atlanta Braves, in which they allowed just three Braves' runs in three games -- another NL matchup flashed across the TV screens in the Brewers' clubhouse. It pitted the Dodgers, who are still ahead of Milwaukee, albeit barely, in the NL wildcard race, and the Diamondbacks, who are just behind the Brewers. But soon after the game had been turned on in the room, Arizona had taken the lead -- yet another break for the Brewers, who despite being just three games back in the wildcard, are still contending with a handful of other teams within the same distance. But perhaps the most amazing part of the last 25 games, in which the Brewers have won 18, isn't just the fashion in which Milwaukee is winning or the sheer amount of wins the team has amassed. Rather, like the Diamondbacks' go-ahead run, the Brewers have gotten every break they've needed along the way. In the hours prior to the Brewers' win on Wednesday night, the wildcard-leading Cardinals were swept by the Padres. Then, the Pirates, now barely ahead of the Brewers, were swept by the Reds. And of course, their sweep of the Braves gave them a three-game swing in the wildcard race in just three daysa seemingly impossible feat just three days ago. But now, not much seems impossible for the Milwaukee Brewers. And Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, while aware of how well his team has been doing, seems very intent on not changing a single thing he or his team have done in the past 25 games. It's a bit of superstition, sure, but who can blame him for his caution with his team possibly playing better than it ever has in his two-year tenure? Roenicke said before Wednesday's game that he isn't doing much scoreboard-watching whether you choose to believe him in that sentiment or not. Asked whether he had tried to figure out the wildcard situation with games remaining and future matchups and such, he joked that he's never been good at math. "There's too much there to look at," Roenicke said. "Every time I try to figure out things, it never seems to go the right way." At this point though, it might be harder to believe that anything wouldn't go the right way for the Brewers. On Wednesday, as Braves pitcher Paul Maholm continued to deal through the Brewers lineup through four innings, Milwaukee exploded again for another huge inning, something they managed in all three games against Atlanta. Started by a three-run Rickie Weeks home run -- his fifth in his last eight games -- the Brewers put up eight runs in a hurry and didn't need or receive any runs after that. But lately, that's been the norm for this miraculous Milwaukee team. Now, all of the Brewers have a reason to scoreboard-watch, something that pitcher Yovani Gallardo said everyone does. If they say they don't, he joked, they're lying. And at this point, the Brewers players have earned it. They've also earned the right to be honest. No one, including the players and coaches involved in the effort, could've seen this recent, stellar streak coming. Honestly, it didn't look good (two months ago)," first baseman Travis Ishikawa said. "Obviously, I felt like we dug a hole pretty deep. But that just kind of shows you the character of this team. As far out as we've been, as bad as we played earlier this year, we just found a way to play the ball we knew we were capable of." With 20 games remaining in the season, it's hard to know what the Brewers are capable of. But if the change in the wild-card picture in the last few weeks says anything, we may have only seen the beginning of what this Milwaukee team can accomplish during this amazing stretch. Follow Ryan Kartje on Twitter.
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