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Oakland’s Blake Treinen and Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel, a pair of pitchers who could play huge roles in the weeks to come, were honored Monday as the American and National League Relievers of the Month presented by The Hartford for September.

Treinen finished up a masterful season — his first full campaign by the Bay — in which he finished with a league-best 0.78 ERA and 38 saves. As the A’s sought to sew up a Wild Card spot in the season’s final month, Treinen converted four of his five save opportunities and did not allow a single earned run over 13 1/3 innings. The right-hander finishes a triumphant 2018 with the highest win probability added, the third-most saves and the 10th-highest bWAR among AL pitchers.

Oakland’s Blake Treinen and Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel, a pair of pitchers who could play huge roles in the weeks to come, were honored Monday as the American and National League Relievers of the Month presented by The Hartford for September.

Treinen finished up a masterful season — his first full campaign by the Bay — in which he finished with a league-best 0.78 ERA and 38 saves. As the A’s sought to sew up a Wild Card spot in the season’s final month, Treinen converted four of his five save opportunities and did not allow a single earned run over 13 1/3 innings. The right-hander finishes a triumphant 2018 with the highest win probability added, the third Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale -most saves and the 10th-highest bWAR among AL Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  pitchers.

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In Milwaukee, Knebel completed a long journey back from a serious left hamstring injury to have his best month of the season at precisely the right time. Knebel was stifling in September, holding opponents scoreless on a .102 batting average while pairing 32 strikeouts with just three walks over 15 1/3 innings. The Brewers reliever regained the effectiveness of his fastball, getting hitters to whiff on a l Deshaun Watson Jersey eague-best 38.2 percent of their swings last month. With Knebel back in form, the back end of the Brewers’ bullpen appears even more formidable as the club enters its first postseason since 2011.

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“He was brilliant in September, there’s no question,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell on M Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey onday morning. “I do think you can include him [with Brewers All-Star relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader] — he’s just as valuable right now, the way he’s throwing the baseball. He had a dominant month of September.”

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.


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Christian Yelich falls short of Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Triple Crown

CHICAGO — Christian Yelich didn’t become a Triple Crown winner, but he is a National League Central champion.

Yelich went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Brewers’ 3-1 win over the Cubs on Monday that sealed the NL Central title in Game 163. Vying to become the 13th Triple Crown winner since 1920, Yelich fell two homers and an RBI short in his quest.

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CHICAGO — Christian Yelich didn’t become a Triple Crown winner, but he is a National League Central champion.

Yelich went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Brewers’ 3-1 win over the Cubs on Monday that sealed the NL Central title in Game 163. Vying to become the 13th Triple Crown winner since 1920, Yelich fell two homers and an RBI short in his quest.

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The 26-year-old, however, led the NL in hitting (.326), to become the first batting champion in Brewers history. But he finished second to the Cubs’ Javier Baez in RBIs (111-110) and third to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story — who both went deep in the Rockies-Dodgers tiebreaker later Monday — in homers. Arenado finished with 38 long balls, Story had 37 and Yelich had 36.

Yelich was aiming for baseball’s first Triple Crown since the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera in 2012. Before that, it hadn’t been accomplished since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. The last NL player to do it was the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick in ’37.

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“He’s meant the world to this team, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told ESPN’s Buster Olney during the bottom of Deshaun Watson Jersey  the fourth inning. “He’s had an incredible month, really a historical month in my eyes. The definition of MVP — you talk about the numbers he’s put up plus the value to our team, it’s the MVP.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Counsell on Yelich’s season, bullpen usage

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Merely having a chance for history was special.

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“You never think of being in that conversation for the Triple Crown,” Yelich  Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey said on Sunday. “You don’t even dream about that. It’s a dumb dream. Get real. It’s something that you just have to embrace and not shy away from but realize that, ‘Hey, we’ve got a bigger team goal.'”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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One thing will be certain when the Brewers and Cubs are meeting right now at Wrigley Field for one game to decide the National League Central and the NL’s No. 1 seed for the postseason.

“There’s nothing to hide,” said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell.

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One thing will be certain when the Brewers and Cubs are meeting right now at Wrigley Field for one game to decide the National League Central and the NL’s No. 1 seed for the postseason.

“There’s nothing to hide,” said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell.

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These teams know each other well after battling into September for the division crown each of the past two seasons. Now they’ll play into October, after both Interstate 94 rivals won convincingly on Sunday to forge identical 95-67 records and force a regular-season Game 163. The winner gets to rest up to host Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday. The loser will host the NL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night. 

The Cubs are hosting the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series between the teams, 11-8. But that doesn’t tell the whole story, since the Cubs dominated early, winning eight of the first nine matchups before the Brewers came back to win seven of the final 10 games and a pair of September series.

When is the game and how can I watch it?
LIVE on ESPN.

Do the stats count?
Yes, it’s a regular-season game, so the stats count. And teams will also have access to the expanded 40-man rosters they’ve had all September.

This means the NL Triple Crown is still in play for Brewers NL MVP Award candidate Christian Yelich. He has the batting title locked up, with his .323 average in no danger of dropping below Scooter Gennett‘s second-place mark of .310. Yelich also heads into Game 163 with 36 home runs, one behind NL leader Nolan Arenado, who homered twice on Sunday, and 109 RBIs, two behind NL leader and Cubs NL MVP Award candidate Javier Baez — though Baez and Arenado can also pad their numbers today. Yelich only needs to equal Arenado’s and Baez’s totals to earn the honor; he does not need to pass them.

Who will be in the starting lineups?
Brewers
1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
5. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Erik Kratz, C
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin, SP

Cubs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2B
2. Ben Zobrist, RF
3. Javier Baez, SS
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber, LF
7. Jason Heyward CF
8. Jose Quintana, SP
9. Willson Contreras, C

Who are the starting pitchers?
Brewers: Counsell didn’t immediately announce his pitching plan, though right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.56 ERA) was ultimately tabbed as the starter this morning. He’s the steadiest member of Milwaukee’s rotation, and he went 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts vs. the Cubs this season, including allowing just one earned run in 12 innings at Wrigley Field.

Video: MLB Central on Chacin vs. Quintana for the NL Central

Cubs: Quintana (13-11, 4.09 ERA) will face the Brewers for the seventh time this season. The lefty is 7-4 with a 4.28 ERA at Wrigley Field this season, but he’s 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA against the Brewers in 2018, and 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA against them in 10 career starts. That includes 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Sept. 11 at home. Milwaukee is batting .177 against him, including a 1-for-11 by Yelich. Quintana pitched in every Cubs-Brewers series this season.

“If I was them, obviously that’s the guy who makes the most sense,” said Braun, who is 6-for-29 against Quintana with a pair of home runs in a Milwaukee win on Deshaun Watson Jersey  Aug. 14 at Wrigley Field. “He’s had so much success against us. But they have a lot of good starters to choose from. They couldn’t go wrong, really, with any of their guys.”

Said Schwarber: “Whenever ‘Q’ toes the mound for us, we’re really confident and it doesn’t matter what team we’re facing. It’s going to be good. Tomorrow will be a game where nothing will be left on the field. Look for a good overall quality game from both teams.”

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Brewers: Beating the Tigers, 11-0, on Sunday was critical for the Brewers, who were without some of their hard-worked, high-leverage relievers and would have had to take some chances in a close game. Now they are better positioned to use the likes of Josh Hader, who had Saturday and Sunday off, and Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress, both of whom had Sunday off after pitching the previous two days.

Cubs: Maddon was able to use his second tier of relievers on Sunday, keeping Jesse Chavez and Justin Wilson fresh. The Cubs’ bullpen boasts the best ERA in the NL, but Maddon does not have a closer. The Cubs have been trying to survive without one since Brandon Morrow was injured in mid-July. It’s been mix and match in the ninth inning for much of the season.

Are any relievers unavailable or being saved for a potential NL Wild Card Game?
Brewers: Hader is, as always, the most interesting question mark. When he’s rested, he is one of the most dominant relief pitchers in the game. But it typically takes two days of rest to get him at his best, so if the Brewers use him Monday and lose, he may not be available on Tuesday.

“It can’t be your last game,” said Counsell, “and I think that matters.”

Cubs: Maddon said he will essentially be managing two games today — the tiebreaker and a potential NL Wild Card Game. The one reliever who has been shaky  Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey is right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. On Sunday, Edwards uncorked a wild pitch, gave up a two-run single that allowed two inherited runners to score and walked a batter, recording only two outs in the sixth. The short outing eventually forced Maddon to call on workhorse Steve Cishek, who threw 10 pitches.

“You have to consider both games,” Maddon said. “Of course, you want to win [today], of course you’ll try to win [today]. If it gets more bleak, you’ll have to consider the next day.”

Any injuries of note?
Brewers: None.

Cubs: Reliever Pedro Strop won’t be available. He’s nursing a sore left hamstring and is hoping to be active for the NLDS.

MVP watch
Yelich: Besides being 1-for-11 against Quintana, Yelich is just 10-for-57 (.175) this season with no home runs against the Cubs. He’ll need to turn that around to author the sort of finish required to become the NL’s first Triple Crown winner since the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick in 1937. One relief matchup to watch: Yelich is 2-for-17 in his career against Cubs lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

“It’s going to come down to execution, like it has all year,” Yelich said. “It’s going to be a fun one.”

Baez: Baez, who notched his 52nd multihit game of the season on Sunday, won’t want to see Brewers reliever Knebel, against whom he is 2-for-11 with seven strikeouts. Baez is 3-for-6 with a triple against Jeffress but batted .238 against Milwaukee this season with zero home runs.

Anything else fans might want to know?
The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with game-time temperature around 68 degrees, but it’s always cooler with unpredictable wind by Lake Michigan.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.


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Mike Trout, Christian Yelich Playe Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey rs of Month

Christian Yelich spent September in pursuit of the National League Triple Crown, putting together numbers that have propelled him into the frontrunner seat for the NL MVP Award. In the American League, Mike Trout was named Angels MVP by his peers and put the stamp on another stellar season.

For their efforts, Trout and Yelich were named the AL and NL Players of the Month, respectively, for September.

Christian Yelich spent September in pursuit of the National League Triple Crown, putting together numbers that have propelled him into the frontrunner seat for the NL MVP Award. In the American League, Mike Trout was named Angels MVP by his peers and put the stamp on another stellar season.

For their efforts, Trout and Yelich were named the AL a Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey nd NL Players of the Month, respectively, for September.

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Heading into Monday, Yelich led all NL hitters with a .352/.500/.807 slash line over 26 games, clubbi Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey ng 10 homers, which tied Trevor Story and Luke Voit for the MLB high. The Brewers right fielder fell short of becoming the NL’s first Triple Crown winner since the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick in 1937.

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A change of scenery and a postseason push have propelled Yelich to a career year. When he was acquired by the Brewers in January, the fit seemed perfect. Yelich brought a strong but perhaps untapped Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale  swing to a ballpark that is known to be more beneficial to hitters, while leaving the spacious confines of Marlins Park. Yelich was an All-Star for the first time, and Monday’s honor was a first for the 26-year-old as well.

Trout hit .329/.469/.684 with eight homers and 16 RBIs over 24 games in September to cap another MVP-caliber season. Trout’s 1.153 OPS for the month ranked behind only Rays outfielder Tommy Pham (1.180) for the AL lead. Others in consideration for AL Player of the Month honors were Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel and Pham. This marked the fifth time Trout received the monthly honor.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.


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B.A.T Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey . helping Todd Coffey get college degree

CINCINNATI — Over his eight-year Major League career, former reliever Todd Coffey was known for busting out of the bullpen in a dead sprint until he reached the mound and got the ball.

This fall, Coffey is running full speed into the next phase of his life: college student. The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) has launched a new scholarship program that aids former Major League and Minor League players in financial need to pursue collegiate or advanced degrees after retirement. Coffey is the first recipient of B.A.T. scholarship money, and he’s taking online courses with Boston’s Northeastern University, which was recently named MLB’s preferred education provider.

CINCINNATI — Over his eight-year Major League career, former reliever Todd Coffey was known for busting out of the bullpen in a dead sprint until he reached the mound and got the ball.

This fall, Coffey is running full speed into the next phase of his life: college student. The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) has launched a new scholarship program that aids former Major League and Minor League players in financial need to pursue collegiate or advanced degrees after retirement. Coffey is the first recipient of B.A.T. scholarship money, and he’s taking online courses with Boston’s Northeastern University, which was recently named MLB’s preferred education provider.

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“B.A.T.’s scholarship program has been great about getting players into school,” Coffey said. “In this day and age, the emphasis on education is super important — even in the baseball world. We’ve seen front offices wanting people with degrees, especially data-analysis degrees.”

Coffey was 25-18 with a 4.10 ERA in 461 career games with the Reds, Brewers, Nationals and Dodgers from 2005-12. A right elbow injury, which required his second Tommy John surgery, ultimately ended his big league career during a game for the Dodgers vs. the Reds. But it took five years of rehab and foiled comeback bids before Coffey formally retired from baseball in 2017.

The father of four kids — ranging from kindergarten age to 17 years old — Coffey is seeking to further himself in his post-playing life.

“I’m 38 years old. I still have quite a little bit to live,” Coffey said. “There are also players out there who are done at 22 or 23. I’m thankful that B.A.T. can help me with this. I’m the first person to take this. I have a responsibility to them and Northeastern to do great with this.”

Coffey has taken on a full-time workload of courses — 16 credit hours — for the fall. He hasn’t selected a major yet, and he’s working on getting his required classes completed. He can do his work online from his home in North Carolina.

“Each week, I have my assignments due. It does give you some flexibility, especially with me having four kids,” Coffey said. “I know the assignments are due on these dates, know what they are. I then go out and do the work. You listen to lectures online on your own time. It allows players, especially those with families and other things in their lives, to take college classes without going to the campus and sitting there the whole day.”

Video: Todd Coffey discusses career, getting drafted

During the 2018-19 academic calendar, $500,000 is being allocated for B.A.T. scholarships, which can be awarded to those in need who plan to pursue their education. The scholarship covers a period of no longer than one academic or program year. Eligible applicants include players who have at least one day of Major League service or at least two full seasons of service as a player with a Minor League club that is, or was, a member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

Northeastern’s online education program offers bachelor’s degree programs in areas like finance, health sciences, information technology, human services, communications and psychology. There are also master’s degree and advanced certification programs.

“It allows players to go without incurring the huge financial cost,” Coffey said. “Education costs Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  have gone way up because its value has increased. It allows players to come on without taking on debt where sometimes they can’t keep their heads above water. They want to get the education but couldn’t do it because of the financials.”

As he works toward his next career, Coffey sees endless possibilities. However, he wouldn’t mind using his education to get back into a field he knows quite well — professional baseball.

“I would love to get back into baseball and a front office,” Coffey said. “I have spoken with some front offices, put my toe in there to see what they do. I believe a degree is what the world demands now. Baseball is no different than any large corporation.”

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — The Brewers found themselves in familiar surroundings Monday for an unfamiliar kind of game: A regular-season Game 163 against the Cubs to decide the National League Central.

“It’s old hat for us,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s normal. … This is the game we wanted. This is the game we were trying to get into all weekend.”

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CHICAGO — The Brewers found themselves in familiar surroundings Monday for an unfamiliar kind of game: A regular-season Game 163 against the Cubs to decide the National League Central.

“It’s old hat for us,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s normal. … This is the game we wanted. This is the game we were trying to get into all weekend.”

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Some highlights of Counsell’s pregame media session:

On why he picked Jhoulys Chacin to start instead of holding him for a potential Wild Card Game:
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On the status of his bullpen:
“That was a big part of Sunday [when Gio Gonzalez, Junior Guerra and Jordan Lyles covered all nine innings of an 11-0 win over the Tigers], for sure. We had to work hard to get through the first two days of the weekend. There’s still challenges with today’s game, obviously, in that it’s not a Wild Card Game. There is a game tomorrow for the loser. I think you have to keep that in mind.

“We’re going into this game today in a better place than we were yesterday. We had guys off-limits yesterday, no matter what. Today, we have to be judicious with how we deploy these guys.”

Video: DET@MIL: Gonzalez tosses 5 scoreless innings

On the stakes of Monday. On one hand, it’s not the last game. On the other hand, the winner gets two days off, a spot in the NL Division Series and home-field advantage throughout the DS and NL Championship Series:
“We just have to look at both sides of the coin. We’re a team that relies on our bullpen. We’re going to do everything we can to win today’s game, and we know winning today’s game offers all those things. At the same time, you’ve got to be careful of when you commit to your best guys.”

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On why Game 163 starter Jose Quintana has given the Brewers so much trouble:
“I wish I had a better answer for our guys. He’s pitched well against us, and he deserves some credit — a lot of credit — for making a lot of pitches against us. He’s been very good with his fastball against us. … The big thing that he’s done that I think is becoming a new pitching theme is up and in to the opposite-handed hitter. He’s very good at it. When he executes that pitch, it’s a tough pitch for hitters to hit, and in our games, he’s done a good job of executing that pitch. He has the ability to go up and in, down and away with his fastball, and that’s a lot for hitters to cover.”

On what happens if one of the teams falls behind by a wide margin early:
“You have different choices, for sure. You’ve got to consider the win percentages in games like that, what the game state is. That does matter. It matters, knowing you have a game the next day. Especially at this time of year, relievers are better when they’re fresh, and they are able to get more outs when they’re fresh. So you’ll consider that, for sure.”

On Josh Hader‘s recent hiccups:
“I don’t have a perfect answer for you. Josh is better with rest. It’s important for every reliever. Someone who has thrown as many innings as he has — and more so, somebody who pitches with his style — it’s important. He was on the most dominant run he had been on all season earlier in September. We used him a little differently [last week]. Obviously, we were in ‘must-win’ trying to clinch playoff certainty. So he’s coming into today with two days off, which is a really good thing.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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ST. LOUIS — Christian Yelich added another bullet point to his National League MVP resume Tuesday: triple-digit RBIs.

With a three-run triple and a three-run home run for a career-high six RBIs in the Brewers’ 12-4 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Yelich further bolstered his statistical case to edge the Cubs’ Javier Baez, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and the rest of a fine field of league MVP candidates. He leads the NL with a .321 average, a .973 OPS, 159 weighted runs created plus and a .412 weighted on-base average — to go with 33 homers and 104 RBIs.

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ST. LOUIS — Christian Yelich added another bullet point to his National League MVP resume Tuesday: triple-digit RBIs.

 Deshaun Watson Jersey With a three-run triple and a three-run home run for a career-high six RBIs in the Brewers’ 12-4 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Yelich further bolstered his statistical case to edge the Cubs’ Javier Baez, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and the rest of a fine field of league MVP candidates. He leads the NL with a .321 average, a .973 OPS, 159 weighted runs created plus and a .412 weighted on-base average — to go with 33 homers and 104 RBIs.

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Yelich has hit more home runs since the All-Star break — 22 — than his previous high for a big league season. Only Oakland’s Khris Davis has more home runs since the break, with 25. No one in the Major Leagues has more RBIs (61), and Yelich’s .743 slugging percentage since the break is 101 points better than the next-best qualifying big leaguer, Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr.

“Christian is speeding up. That’s the best way to say it,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “It’s getting better. He’s been remarkable in the second half. Somehow, it feels like he’s getting better and doing more.

“With everything that’s swirling around him and us, it has been special. That’s the best way to describe it. It has been special. You spend a whole career in baseball and you see it once. You’ll be talking about it a long time.”

Said the Brewers’ most recent league MVP, Ryan Braun: “I can’t foresee a scenario in which he doesn’t win it.”

Yelich’s triple capped a four-run Brewers rally in the fourth inning that began with two outs — a theme for Milwaukee in the middle game of a critical three-game series in St. Louis. Eleven of the Brewers’ 12 runs scored with two outs, starting with back-to-back home runs for Jesus Aguilar and Braun in the first inning.

In the fourth, the Brewers struck once again after making two quick outs. Jonathan Schoop and Manny Pina singled before Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez, a career .092 hitter entering the night, lined a single that chased Cardinals starter Austin Gomber from the game in favor of Tyson Ross.

Ross walked Lorenzo Cain before throwing an 0-1 slider right down the middle to Yelich, who pulled it to the right-center-field gap to clear the bases for a 6-0 lead.

Video: MIL@STL: Yelich clears the bases on a 3-run triple

It was 9-4 in the ninth when Yelich struck again. After Orlando Arcia‘s two-out double off Cards left-hander Brett Cecil, St. Louis intentionally walked Cain to get to Yelich.

In the dugout, one Brewers player said, the question was, “Why?”

On a 1-1 pitch, Yelich hit a three-run homer to straightaway center field.

Video: MIL@STL: Yelich crushes a 3-run homer in the 9th

“It’s part of the game. At the same time, it’s a challenge,” said Yelich. “As a competitor, you want to answer the challenge. That’s what I was trying to do. It just happened to work out.”

It has “happened to work out” often of late.

So often, that Braun politely disagreed with his manager’s assertion that this is once-in-a-career stuff.

“It might be a once-in-a-lifetime second half, but I think he’s made legitimate strides and gotten better as a b Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale aseball player, and he’s kind of entering those prime years,” said Braun. “Usually that 26 to 28 or 29 [years old] when those guys are at their best. I think the leap forward that he’s taken as a player is very real.”

Video: MIL@STL: Counsell on Yelich, Braun in 12-4 win

As the Brewers came off the field, Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert stopped Yelich for an interview. Fans in the stands at Busch Stadium, most in Brewers blue, chanted “MVP! MVP!”

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“It’s been crazy,” Yelich said. “It’s been really crazy the last few weeks, and it’s a lot of fun. The fans have been unbelievable in showing love. The best way I can describe it is surreal.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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ST. LOUIS — As of Tuesday, the National League Wild Card Game was one short week away. But the Brewers are pushing the roster and strategy planning that would accompany a potential appearance in that win-or-go-home affair until this weekend at the earliest.

For one, they had not clinched anything yet. And they still had hope of winning the NL Central.

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ST. LOUIS — As of Tue Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey sday, the National League Wild Card Game was one short week away. But the Brewers are pushing the roster and strategy planning that would accompany a potential appearance in that win-or-go-home affair until this weekend at the earliest.

For one, they had not clinched anything yet. And they still had hope of winning the NL Central.

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“Look, I think you think about possibilities in your head, certainly,” manager Craig Counsell said. “But things change enough where it’s easier to wait. I think you end up wasting a lot of breath on stuff that doesn’t happen if you do it the other way.

“As we get into the weekend, we have to prepare for everything. We have to prepare for what’s first, and a Wild Card situation would be first. We would have to prepare for that as we get to Thursday, Friday.”

First things first.

“Our focus at this point is really, ‘Let’s get through this series [against the Cardinals] and see where we are,'” said Brewers GM David Stearns. “We have an off-day on Thursday, which gives us a nice time to regroup, take stock of the situation and plot out how we want to handle this weekend, and if we’re fortunate enough to make the playoffs, how we want to handle any rosters going forward. We’ve been talking on and off.”

Obviously, the preferred path to October is winning the division and avoiding the stress of a Wild Card Game. The Brewers have plenty of players who know that firsthand, including three participants in the Royals’ epic, 12-inning win over the A’s in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain played in that game for Kansas City (Erik Kratz was on that Royals team, too), and Stephen Vogt played for the A’s. Deshaun Watson Jersey 

“It was incredible,” said Moustakas. “We talk about it all the time. I have no idea [what the score was]. Honestly, people ask me questions about that game and I don’t remember anything. It was such a blur. It was unbelievable.”

Joakim Soria (2015 Pirates), Jonathan Schoop (2016 Orioles) and Curtis Granderson (2016 Mets) have also appeared in Wild Card Game box scores.

Ryan Braun has not, since the Brewers’ last postseason appearance in 2011 came in the year preceding the introduction of the second Wild Card in each league. But he made the case Monday night that chasing the Cubs in the division while trying to hold off the Cardinals and other clubs in the Wild Card race will help Milwaukee should the team find itself in a Wild Card contest.

“I think Ryan is right,” Counsell said. “We’ve tried to treat these games in a manner closer to how a playoff series or a Wild Card Game would be treated. But a Wild Card Game is a nine-inning season. That’s literally how you have to treat it. It’s a nine-inning baseball season. That’s totally different.”

The NL Wild Card Game will air on ESPN. The precise time of the first pitch is to be announced.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Braun, Y Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey elich put Brewers’ magic number at 1

ST. LOUIS — One more Busch Stadium win, and the Brewers are in.

Milwaukee is that close to claiming at least a National League Wild Card berth after Christian Yelich pushed past 100 RBIs and then some on a career-best six-RBI night, and Ryan Braun homered twice in a 12-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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ST. LOUIS — One more Busch Stadium win, and the Brewers are in.

Milwaukee is that close to claiming at least a National League Wild Card berth after Christian Yelich pushed past 100 RBIs and then some on a career-best six-RBI night, and Ryan Braun homered twice in a 12-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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But manager Craig Counsell & Co. are aiming for better than a Wild Card.

“The division is what’s on our minds right now,” Counsell said.

Video: MIL@STL: Counsell on Yelich, Braun in 12-4 win

First things first. If the Brew Deshaun Watson Jersey ers can complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals behind Jhoulys Chacin on Wednesday, it will ensure Milwaukee a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2011. A clubhouse celebration would ensue, even as the chase continues for the NL Central crown.

That is very much in play after the first-place Cubs absorbed a second straight loss at home to the Pirates on Tuesday. With four games to go for Milwaukee and five for Chicago, the 91-6 Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey 7 Brewers are within a half-game of their Interstate 94 rival.

“Just embrace it,” said Yelich. “You don’t shy away from it. You embrace the challenge and understand that it’s still the same game you’ve been playing all season. You have to execute. You have to play well in order for that game to go your way. It’s going to be another tough game [Wednesday] in a tough place to play.”

Video: MIL@STL: Yelich hits 3-run HR, 3-run triple vs. Cards

In the NL Wild Card standings, the Brewers are 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rockies, who leapfrogged the Cardinals into the second spot Tuesday after beating the fading Phillies. The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Rockies and no longer control their own destiny.

“[The Brewers] are swinging the bats well and getting the big hits and we’re not,” said Cards infielder Jedd Gyorko. “I think it’s safe to say that we need to win the rest of the games. That’s how we’re going to take it.”

The Brewers led wire to wire after Jesus Aguilar and Braun delivered consecutive two-out home runs off Cardinals starter Austin Gomber for a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Braun’s part of a two-homer, three-RBI night that gave him three home runs and five RBIs in the first two games of the series.

Video: MIL@STL: Aguilar, Braun hit back-to-back jacks in 1st

That advantage grew to 6-0 with a four-run fourth inning capped by a three-run triple for Yelich, and to 12-4 in the ninth when Yelich smashed a two-out, three-run home run to straightaway center field after St. Louis intentionally walked Lorenzo Cain to get to him with two outs.

With four regular-season games to go, Yelich leads the NL with a .321 average, a .973 OPS, 159 weighted runs created plus and a .412 weighted on-base average — to go with 33 homers and 104 RBIs.

Does that sound like an MVP?

“I mean I can’t foresee a scenario in which he doesn’t win it,” said Braun.

And what about Braun, who missed some time last week with back tightness, only to rediscover his power when the Brewers needed it? Before hitting three home runs in the first two games of this series in St. Louis, including his 31st career multi-homer night, Braun had one home run in his previous 28 games.

Video: MIL@STL: Braun swats 2 homers against the Cardinals

“I came to the ballpark [Monday] and I told everybody I felt really good, I had a feeling I hadn’t felt all year,” said Braun, the only player remaining from Milwaukee’s last postseason entry. “Just the adrenaline, the excitement of playing a series that felt like a postseason series is one of those feelings that you search for but you can’t force. It kind of has to come out organically, and it comes when you play a series of this magnitude that feels like a postseason series. It’s fun for me. It’s fun for all of us.”

The Cardinals got as close as 6-3 on Yadier Molina‘s three-run homer in the bottom Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  of the fourth off Gio Gonzalez, and 7-4 in the fifth. But Milwaukee improved to 4-0 in Gonzalez’s starts after six relievers held St. Louis to one run after the fourth inning.

Video: MIL@STL: Molina plates 3 with his 20th HR of the year

On Wednesday, the champagne will be iced. The Brewers hope to not have to transport it back to Milwaukee.

“It’s a good place to be,” Braun said. “We’re not taking anything for granted. It’s going to be a tough one to get. [The Cardinals] understand what’s on the line tomorrow night so I’m sure it will be a battle as the last two nights have been.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Fifth-inning escape: The Cardinals were positioned to do damage in the fifth inning, when they quickly chased Xavier Cedeno and then went single, sacrifice fly, infield single against Taylor Williams to cut the deficit to 7-4 with the bases loaded and one out. In a 2-1 count, Williams jammed Gyorko with a fastball for a chopper to Mike Moustakas, who stepped on third base and fired across to first, where Aguilar did the splits to complete an inning-ending double play.

Video: MIL@STL: Moustakas, Aguilar turn inning-ending DP

“I thought Taylor threw the ball beautifully,” Counsell said. “They had some momentum on their side. He kept his composure and made some huge pitches. I thought he executed a whole bunch of pitches tonight. That’s what you’ve got to do. There’s craziness going on around you and it’s getting loud, and they’re feeling it, and he just kept executing pitches. That’s a big step forward for him. That’s the biggest moment he’s been in and he came through with flying colors. I’m proud of him for that.”

Seventh-inning escape: It was still 7-4 in the seventh, when Corey Knebel, pitching for the third straight day and the fourth time in five days, and coming off a save in place of Jeremy Jeffress in Monday’s series opener, found big trouble in a charged inning. Knebel appeared to get a break when a curveball was called strike three against Matt Carpenter — Carpenter and Cards manager Mike Shildt were ejected for arguing — but St. Louis eventually loaded the bases with two outs. Again the hitter was Gyorko, who fell behind 0-2 before flying out to right field, stranding the tying runner on base.

Video: MIL@STL: Knebel escapes bases-loaded jam in the 7th

“He’s been a big, big reason for this September,” said Counsell. “You can talk obviously a lot about Christian but the next guy has been Corey. He has been absolutely huge in the month of September.”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Orlando Arcia didn’t start Tuesday’s game, but he turned in the night’s signature defensive play. Second baseman Hernan Perez cut in front of the shortstop Arcia when speedy Harrison Bader hit a one-out bouncer up the middle. Despite the distraction, Arcia barehanded the baseball and made an on-target throw to first for the out.

Video: MIL@STL: Arcia makes incredible barehanded play

HE SAID IT
“If it happens, the time comes, you should celebrate. Some of these guys have never experienced that kind of excitement and I don’t see anything wrong with it. These guys deserve it. These guys have been busting their tail all year. Why not? Hopefully we do it sooner than later. It’s one of those things that once these guys have it, it’s going to be a nice sigh of relief. — Gonzalez, on the prospect of popping champagne bottles Wednesday night

UP NEXT
Chacin, who is lined up to start a potential NL Wild Card Game for Milwaukee, will make his final regular-season start Wednesday when the Brewers and Cardinals conclude their series at 6:10 p.m. CT. Chacin was 0-7 in his first nine career games (eight starts) against the Cardinals before getting a win at Busch Stadium with six scoreless innings on Aug. 19. He’ll make his career-high 34th start opposite St. Louis right-hander John Gant.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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How NL contenders could end season in a Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey tie

If you’ve got a dog in the fight that is the National League playoff race, by all means root for your club to have an easy path to and through the postseason, with off-days aplenty that are good for the mind and soul.

Just understand that the rest of us want chaos. We want to be enveloped in entropy, with late nights and cross-continental flights and tiebreaking tilts serving as an awesome October appe-tie-zer.

If you’ve got a dog in the fight that is the National League playoff race, by all means root for your club to have an easy path to and through the postseason, with off-days aplenty that are good for the mind and soul.

Just understand that the rest of us want chaos. We want to be enveloped in entropy, with late nights a Deshaun Watson Jersey nd cross-continental flights and tiebreaking tilts serving as an awesome October appe-tie-zer.

This is what those of us on Team Tie are rooting for in these waning days of the 2018 season:

1. The Cubs and Brewers tie atop the NL Central.
2. The Dodgers and Rockies tie atop the NL West, while also tying the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot.

That would give us three tiebreaker games in two days (and we’ll get into the details of that in just a second). Never in MLB history have there been two tiebreaker games in the same year, let alone three.

To be abundantly clear, the chance of all of the above happening is pretty slim. But the divisional ties, whether occurring independent of each other or simultaneously, are quite feasible. Entering Friday, the Cubs have just a one-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central.

The Rockies, meanwhile, have a one-game edge on the Dodgers in the NL West, and the Dodgers have a one-game lead on the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

So yes, this is doable, folks. The first step is believing.

Here are the remaining schedules for the five clubs in play:

Cubs: vs. Cardinals (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Brewers: vs. Tigers (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Cardinals: at Cubs (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Dodgers: at Giants (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Rockies: vs. Nationals (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

With the Cubs facing a Cards team with everything to play for and the Brewers facing a rebuilding Tigers team, an NL Central tie isn’t an especially difficult scenario to concoct.

As for the three-way tie between the Dodgers, Rockies and Cardinals, that takes a little more heavy lifting. The Cardinals must sweep the Cubs this weekend, while the Rockies must lose two of their final games and the Dodgers one. Or the Cards must win two of three while the Rox get swept and the Dodgers lose twice.

So are we likely to get two tie scenarios involving five teams total? Eh, probably not. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed (or tied up, as it were), just in case.

Obviously, though, a Dodgers-Rockies tie is pretty straightforward. The Dodgers have to make up one game of ground over the weekend.

Let’s run through the games that would have to be played should both of these division races end in a tie*, and, just so we cover our bases, we’ll toss in the effect a Dodgers-Rockies-Cardinals tie would have, too.

(*In case the obvious needs stating, either division tie scenario can exist independent of the other. We’re combining them in this piece for peak chaos.)

Monday, Oct. 1: Two tiebreaker games
Both with division titles on the line

The Rockies and Dodgers would play a game to determine the NL West winner. Los Angeles would host that game by virtue of winning the season series, 12-7. The winner of this game would face the Braves in the NL Division Series.

The Cubs and Brewers would play a game to determine the NL Central winner. Chicago would host that game, having won the season series, 11-8. The winner of this game would then face the winner of the NL Wild Card Game in the NLDS.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Either a Wild Card tiebreaker game or the real NL Wild Card Game

The tie Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale breaker exists only if the Cardinals are tied with the Rockies and Dodgers. In that scenario, the loser of the Rockies-Dodgers tilt would have to travel to face the Cardinals in St. Louis. Why do the Cardinals get to host that game? It actually has nothing to do with season series matchups. MLB’s tiebreaker procedures simply state that this game takes place “at the ballpark of the team outside the division.” Them’s the rules.

But if the Cardinals aren’t involved, then the NL Wild Card Game can proceed, as scheduled, with the loser of the Cubs-Brewers tiebreaker facing the loser of the Dodgers-Rockies tiebreaker (by virtue of having the superior regular-season record).

Wednesday, Oct. 3: The real NL Wild Card Game … if there was a Wild Card tiebreaker

This game is currently scheduled to be played Tuesday, but a three-way tie would make that schedule impossible to honor. It would have to be pushed back a day.

Thursday, Oct. 4: Game 1 of the NLDS

We don’t have a great deal of NL clarity, as you can see, but we do know the NL Central champion will face the winner of the Wild Card Game in the NLDS. The Cubs clinched that with Thursday’s win combined with a Braves loss.

The main thing that matters right now is we’ve still got two division titles and two Wild Card spots to settle, with only a few days remaining on the Major League calendar. If you’re scoring at home, there’s a scenario that exists in which the Rockies play in Colorado on Sunday, Los Angeles on Monday, St. Louis on Tuesday, Milwaukee or Chicago on Wednesday and Chicago, Milwaukee or Atlanta on Thursday.

That’s just “plane” crazy. Come to think of it, let’s root for that.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.


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