Baseball is known to not give one the results expected. Mark Attanasio, who purchased the Milwaukee Brewers 12 years ago is excited about the results his team has had through the first half of the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, even though they were not expected.
The Brewers, regardless of how they play this weekend, are assured of entering the MLB All-Star Game at the top of the National League Central standings.
Milwaukee is playing very well but few could have imaged it coming so early. The Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series champions and Milwaukee lost a combined 183 games the past two seasons after it tore the team apart following their 2014 late season slide.
Veterans were traded, a new general manager and manager were hired and the organization decided to slowly build a contender.
That contender has appeared sooner than expected. Milwaukee is 49-40 and 4 ½ games in front of the second place Chicago Cubs riding a five-game winning streak.
The Brewers are ranked No. 1 in the NL in stolen bases and home runs. The team has climbed to the top of the division with reliable starting pitching and a dynamic offense.
The longer Chicago goes without asserting themselves, the better the chances become for Milwaukee to win the division.
One year from making big trades to build up an inventory of prospects, the Brewers might now add more talent before the trade deadline to reach the postseason, which would be their first playoff appearance since 2011.
Travis Shaw the starting third baseman said the results this season are ahead of the team’s rebuild timetable that everyone has wanted to call it.
The process started in 2015 when then general manager Doug Melvin, who is now the team’s special adviser, acquired two prospects in Corey Knebel and Domingo Santana through trades. Then current GM David Stearns added Jonathan Villar, Keon Broxton and Chase Anderson, followed by two big moves last winter.
Stearns released Chris Carter and replaced the veteran slugger with Eric Thames who has been nothing short of sensational after returning from South Korea.
Stearns added Shaw as well. The Brewers traded Tyler Thornburg a reliever to the Red Sox for Shaw. This has created a low cost high output team that is making Milwaukee fans think they might be playing in October.
Stearns has said the team would be open to making a move before the trade deadline for a player or players who could help the team now and in the future.