Considering where they stood four weeks ago, the Milwaukee Brewers making the playoffs would be a historic achievement.
So would a win Friday night.
The surging Brewers have a chance to match a 33-year-old franchise record for their longest home winning streak as they face the sliding New York Mets.
Milwaukee's only losses in its last 19 games at Miller Park came to Philadelphia on Aug. 18 and 19. After that pair of defeats, the Brewers were 12 games under .500 and 12 1/2 back of the NL's second wild-card spot.
"I felt like we had dug a hole pretty deep that we weren't going to be able to get out of," first baseman Travis Ishikawa said Wednesday.
Instead, Ishikawa's club has gone on an 18-5 tear to get in the thick of the playoff race. That run includes victories in all nine home games, one shy of the club record set July 8-29, 1979.
"It's pretty exciting in here right now, for all of us," Yovani Gallardo said after pitching Milwaukee to an 8-2 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. "...