MLB 2014 Game #11: Reds vs. BrewersA baseball cliche states that each season is a marathon, not a sprint. That's easy to say when it's May or June. Following the All-Star Game that message changes. The Milwaukee Brewers are no longer running a marathon. They are in are in a fight for their postseason lives, a full-blown sprint to October. Back in August, the Brewers appeared to have a playoff berth all but secured. Since the beginning of April, they stood atop the National League Central Division. Following a nine-game losing streak, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates leapfrogged them in the division standings.
Entering action tonight, the Brewers (77-71, .520) find themselves in third place in the NL Central four games behind the division-leading Cardinals (81-67). Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds (70-78, .473) will send David Holmberg (0-1, 8.25 ERA) to the hill. The Brewers will counter with their perennial ace, Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 3.61 ERA).
Here's a quick look at the division standings:
And the National League wild card race: