Boom or swoon for the Brewers?
June is the make or break month for the Brewers. Despite the injuries, inconsistencies and constant lineup changes the Brewers are only 6 1/2 games out of first place. That's a deficit to be sure but certainly not insurmountable.
The Brewers catch a breather over the next two weeks with the Cubs, Padres, Royals and Twins on the schedule. It is entirely possible to think that this team could be at or above .500 by month's end and by then the Crew should be getting healthy.
But as we've learned this is no ordinary year and we've come to expect the unexpected. After all, the Pirates series was a winnable one but it was Pittsburgh taking two of three. Sure, there were circumstances like a quick turnaround from the West Coast and an unfavorable pitching matchup on Sunday. Nevertheless, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez are banged up and who knows when they can get back to full strength.
Then there's the issue of pitching. What if another starter goes down before Marco Estrada gets healthy? Who fills out the rotation then? What if Braun heads to the DL? How many more guys from Nashville can be called up to round out what at times looks like a Quadruple-A minor league team?
While the schedule is soft for the next few weeks there are three big series looming large toward the end of the first half. The Brewers play the White Sox and Reds for three games each on the road and have a four game series against Miami at home. There's still time to right the ship and get healthy but if the Brewers can't take advantage of this soft stretch it could be a long, miserable second half.