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Milwaukee Brewers 2019 playoff race tracker as of Monday, September 9

National League standings entering Monday, September 9:

NL Central:
- St. Louis (81-62, in division lead, 7-3 last 10 games)
- Chicago Cubs (76-66, 4.5 games back, 5-5 last 10 games)
- Milwaukee (74-68, 6.5 games back, 7-3 last 10 games)

NL Wild Card:
- Washington (79-63, owners of first Wild Card berth, 5-5 last 10 games)
- Chicago Cubs (76-66, owners of second Wild Card berth, 5-5 last 10 games)
- Arizona (75-68, 1.5 games back, 8-2 last 10 games)
- Milwaukee (74-68, 2 games back, 7-3 last 10 games)
- Philadelphia (74-68, 2 games back, 5-5 last 10 games)
- New York Mets (72-70, 4 games back, 5-5 last 10 games)

Remaining games for teams in the chase for the second Wild Card:

Washington: 3 at Minnesota (88-55), 3 vs. Atlanta (89-55), 3 at St. Louis (81-62), 3 at Miami (51-91), 5 vs. Philadelphia (74-68), 3 vs. Cleveland (83-61)

Chicago Cubs: 4 at San Diego (66-76), 3 vs. Pittsburgh (62-81), 3 vs. Cincinnati (67-77), 4 vs. St. Louis (81-62), 3 at Pittsburgh (62-81), 3 at St. Louis (81-62)

Arizona: 4 at New York Mets (72-70), 3 vs. Cincinnati (67-77), 3 vs. Miami (51-91), 3 at San Diego (66-76), 3 vs. St. Louis (81-62), 3 vs. San Diego (66-76)

Milwaukee: 4 at Miami (51-91), 3 at St. Louis (81-62), 4 vs. San Diego (66-76), 3 vs. Pittsburgh (62-81), 3 at Cincinnati (67-77), 3 at Colorado (60-84)

Philadelphia: 4 vs. Atlanta (89-55), 2 vs, Boston (76-67), 3 at Atlanta (89-55), 3 at Cleveland (83-61), 5 at Washington (79-63), 3 vs. Miami (51-91)

New York Mets: 4 vs. Arizona (75-68), 3 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (93-52), 3 at Colorado (60-84), 3 at Cincinnati (67-77), 4 vs. Miami (51-91), 3 vs. Atlanta (89-55)

What this all means: 

The Milwaukee Brewers seem to be getting "hot" at the right time, having knocked off their archrivals five times in seven meetings over their last 10 total games and a 7-3 record overall in that stretch.

The road they take is hard in terms of locale (four road series vs. two at Miller Park), but the most manageable in terms of opponent of any team in the race. All but one series will be against a team that is at least 10 games below .500.

The problem is that the two teams ahead of them, the Cubs and Arizona, don't have that much harder of a road. Each have two series against squads with winning records - the Cubs twice against St. Louis, the Diamondbacks one each against the Mets and Cardinals. The rest of their schedules also are against teams at least 10 games below .500.

However, the team currently in the first wild card, Washington, has a murderous schedule with five of six series against teams in playoff contention. Philadelphia and the New York Mets also have harder schedules ahead of them.

All this means that we could be well set up for a mad dash to the finish for both Wild Card spots. 

Stay tuned.


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