Brewers looking to take care of business for home field advantageWisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun says his team needs to “take care of business” so can they get home-field advantage in the playoffs without needing help.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun says his team needs to “take care of business” so can they get home-field advantage in the playoffs without needing help.
The Brewers still control their own destiny in claiming the National League’s Number-two playoff seed – and they’ll get it if they can beat Pittsburgh in their final two regular season games the next two nights at Miller Park. Milwaukee can also nail down the Number-two seed tonight with a win over the Pirates and an Arizona home loss to the LA Dodgers. Right now, the Brewers have a one-game edge over Arizona for the two seed. If Arizona and the Brewers end up tied, the Diamondbacks would win the second-seed because the D-Backs won the season series over the Brew Crew. And that would open up the risk that Milwaukee will open the playoffs in Philadelphia, which won its 100th game of the season last night. Milwaukee’s at 94-66.
Also if the Brewers win their final two games over the Pirates, they’ll set a new team record for wins in a season. The current mark is 95 set in 1978-and-’82. Left-hander Randy Wolf will start for the Brewers tonight. Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf goes for Pittsburgh. Left-hander Randy Wolf will start for the Brew Crew this evening against Pirates’ righty Ross Ohlendorf. Wolf is 13-10 with a 3.61 ERA. He got torched for six runs in six innings of a loss to the Cubs in Chicago last Wednesday. Ohlendorf is 1-3 with an 8.29 ERA. He has lasted just two-plus innings in two of his last three starts. The Pirates had lost 12 straight at Miller Park before winning 9-8 last night. The Brewers have still won 41 of their last 47 home contests against Pittsburgh.