Brewers make wrong kind of history in five-game series against Pirates

Brewers hat during MLB game against the Orioles
Jul 4, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; A Milwaukee Brewers hat sits in the dugout during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The five-game series against Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t just go bad for the Milwaukee Brewers. It gave us something we hadn’t seen in more than 50 years.

Milwaukee rolled into Pittsburgh with the National League’s best record. The Brewers lost all five games, something that hadn’t happened to a team in Milwaukee’s position since 1964.

Of course, to cut the Brewers some slack, five-game series are rare. So, it’s uncommon for any team to even have the chance to be swept in a series like that.

But in another way, this actually looks even worse for Milwaukee. When the Chicago White Sox were swept in a five-game series, they were swept by a New York Yankees team that would go on to win the American League Pennant with a 99-63 record. Even with a five-game sweep, the Pirates are still 48-49 and in fourth-place in the National League Central. We never want to overreact too much to one five-game stretch. But this is not a team that Milwaukee should have been swept by.

The good news for the Brewers is that they’re still in decent shape. Granted, they no longer have the NL’s best record and don’t even lead the NL Central anymore. Still, Milwaukee holds the first Wild Card spot in the National League. So, things aren’t bad.

Still, that’s not the kind of series that any team wants on its mind heading into the All-Star break. Though, weirdly, it’s not the only time something like it has happened to Milwaukee this year.