Perhaps the miracle will happen in the next three days. Maybe, just maybe, the Milwaukee Brewers, who spent most of the last four months of the 2022 Major League Baseball season asleep, will wake up from their slumber and sweep their upcoming series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Maybe if the baseball gods decide to smile at Milwaukee, the Houston Astros will do the same and take all three games against the Philadelphia Phillies.
It’s mathematically possible, though, for the Brewers to sneak into the postseason. However, he would come against all odds.
He would also fly in the face of everything the team has shown they can do since June.
Milwaukee entered the series finale on Sunday with the Miami Marlins, who are on the brink of the season. His answer was dull, lifeless. Pablo López, a pitcher who has averaged 5.48 wins in his last 13 games, capped them off in seven two-shots. The offense rallied twice against the Marlins before it turned into a shell and squandered many opportunities to win the game.
BOX SCORE: Marlins 4, Brewers 3 (12 innings)
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Then again, it was okay to lose that way. The Brewers were given every opportunity to take the reins in the second half of the season and play until the end of the season. Heck, the Phillies all sent invitations by mail to do the same.
Instead, a 4-3 loss in 12 innings to the Marlins at American Family Field on Sunday marked the end of the smashing Brewers season.
With a loss in Washington and the Phillies’ 8-1 rain-shortened win, the Brewers are two games behind the last wild card in the National League. Qualifiers are one, so Milwaukee will need to win and Philadelphia to lose to avoid the disappointment of missing the playoffs, at the limit of the unthinkable when spring practice began seven months ago.
“It’s pretty simple,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “The math is pretty simple.”
Televisions are usually turned on after the Brewers clubhouse match, win or lose, but not Sunday. The players mostly kept to themselves; Typical little jokes, even after a defeat, were nowhere to be found. But there was no need to say anything. Silence spoke a lot.
“It’s pretty clear how frustrating it can be,” Andrew McCutchen said. Said. “You’re going to be pretty frustrated if you’re a home watch fan. So you can imagine what it’s like for the players on the team to play in the last few games we’ve played. You win with your hands and then you don’t win. It’s pretty frustrating.”
Brewers senior staff member Brent Suter spoke in his locker and at times struggled to find the right words to convey his disappointment. As the main actor trying to keep the clubhouse loose and working together in harmony, Suter at times conveyed optimistically—there is still a chance—but spoke candidly of the “heartfelt” feeling that he would go home with him. .
“We had a few games last week where we had a chance to get into the playoff position and control our own destiny,” Suter said. Said. “We feel like we’re right there, knocking and knocking. We just couldn’t get over that mound.”
If the unforeseen happens, the Brewers will have won their fate.
As they’ve been doing for months, the Brewers did just enough to get around on Sunday. They tied the game in a Kolten Wong single, until their final two debuts at ninth place. Up until their finals on the 10th round, Willy Adames came up with a tie-in single of his own.
But in another microcosm of their season, the Brewers failed to break through. As if any chance of capitalization arose, the team failed. The leap of the attack was insane.
“We didn’t score enough points,” Counsell said. “Definitely.”
This refrain, or something like it, has been uttered a lot by players at Counsell or the club for a team heading into 2022 with their World Series ambitions.
“It didn’t work for us,” said Christian Yelich on Saturday night. “We didn’t pay,” Counsell said two days ago. “We really didn’t play well enough,” the cardinals said as they popped champagne in the aisle on Tuesday. As it happened, “We didn’t create a lot of scoring opportunities today.”
The Brewers haven’t done enough in four months. Keep in mind that this is the team that started with the best 50 games in franchise history but has since won five games under .500.
Yet somehow they faced an upcoming four-game streak at home on Thursday against a 64-win team that had a chance to skip Philadelphia in the wild card standings. The Phillies’ last game had all the gains of a September slump, dropping 11 out of 15 to allow the Brewers to return to the race.
Milwaukee’s response was to score nine points and 39 innings in four games against Miami. The Brewers left the series, losing three times. A hitter with an OPS below .600 suffered a loss in a forward grand slam in the eighth inning. Another made a great save in the ninth inning. The punchless spectacle from Sunday’s Brewers offense would have faded if their season had any air left.
The energy on the basketball court matched the energy of the court for most of the day. There was no reaction from the crowd as Justin Topa and Taylor Rogers left the pitch as the Marlins took a double-run lead in the seventh round, breaking the goalless tie. There was a lot of apathy. The crowd all weekend was advertised as a click of over 30,000, but the number of fans in the seats was much lower. When the Marlins buried the dagger late Sunday afternoon, many of the fans had returned home to watch the Green Bay Packers.
Sure, there was some life in Wong’s match-tipping single as the Brewers tied the game at the end of the ninth place, but this season appropriately, it’s been zapped right away. Luis Urias came in for a one-hit duo, and minutes later, Miami recaptured the lead on the 10th innings of Joey Wendle’s RBI single.
Milwaukee responded with another single that tied the match with two outs with Adames’ stick, but didn’t get much more. When Suter scored a goalless first half in the 11th, the Brewers had a great opportunity to finish things off when the bases were full and an out.
They couldn’t score.
The Marlins pushed their inherited extra kick run against Trevor Gott in the 12th minute, and Brewers fell to the ground with a groan.
“We’ve created a lot of good opportunities,” Counsell said. “We just missed the shot.”
In baseball, there is a yin and a yang to the ups and downs of a 162-game season. You can’t go too low or too high to survive. On that matter, in the final month of the season, with a mediocre baseball game going on for a long time, the Brewers preached patience. All they had to do was warm up, they said. They controlled their own destinies.
It was a consistent approach that would serve a team well most of the time. But if there was any urgency, it certainly didn’t show itself. Not after numerous painful defeats in August. Not in the formation of a jigsaw puzzle home stand. And certainly not this weekend, at least until their backs are firmly pressed against the wall.
Disappointment and frustration finally began to seep out. It was evident from the way McCutchen and Suter talked on Adames’ face as he sat blankly on the top step of the bunker just after the final ascent, so much so that if you listen closely enough, the team dining room adjacent to the Clubhouse forks in plates as there is no conversation.
“Simple and simple, you have to win the games and we didn’t win the games,” McCutchen said. “We didn’t win today. We didn’t win yesterday. The lower you go, the more you’ll need a Hail Mary. We got ourselves into this situation and now we’re going to need it. help. You should shrug and know we have three games to win.” [the Phillies] They have three games to lose. That’s how things go.”
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This article was originally published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers playoff hopes were nearly dashed after slashing the loss to the Marlins.