Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn't one for adding importance to midseason games. He's not one to make guarantees. And even through the Brewers' early struggles, he never bit on questions that would force him to levy some kind of drastic expectation on one series or another.
But a week before the All-Star game, Roenicke seemed to break character, even if it was subtle.
"You guys know I don't like to look at our schedule and what's coming up," Roenicke said on July 2. "But when you have a conversation with (general manager) Doug (Melvin), he's got it figured out where we need to make a run. And he's right."
That stretch Roenicke talked about at the time was the Brewers post-All-Star break set of nine games against NL Central opponents.
"Somewhere in that time period, we need to do something," Roenicke said.
It was a sentiment that he and Melvin repeated on several occasions after that day. And it's a sentiment that, after this past weekend's three-game sweep at the hands of the ...