Red-hot Brewers aim to end road woes
The Brewers are rolling, coming off an 8-1 homestand and a 15-4 stretch. They’ve gone from six games under .500 to five games over, at 29-24. And they’ve gained on the National League Central-leading Cardinals, surging from fifth place and 5 1/2 games back to second place and 2 1/2 games out of first.
But 15 of the Brewers’ last 19 games have come at Miller Park, where the Brewers are the NL’s best home team. On the road, they are tied with the Astros as the league’s worst road team, at 8-17, and a seven-game trip to Cincinnati and Florida will test whether the Brewers have turned a corner.
“I think we have to get away from talking about being home and on the road,” third baseman Casey McGehee said. “Yeah, we’ve played good ball and we’ve happened to be at home while we’ve done it. But now we’ve got a road trip that isn’t going to be an easy one by any stretch of the imagination. If we go out and play the same baseball we’ve played here, there’s no reason we can’t pick up some more wins on the road.”
The team’s strange home/road split, McGehee insisted, is not an issue on players’ minds.
“I think we’re just concerned about playing good baseball,” he said. “Whether it’s Milwaukee or Cincinnati or Cuba, we have to play good ball.”
The trip begins with a Memorial Day game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Brewers were swept there in the season-opening series.
“You’ve seen the struggles we’ve had in the road, but that’s in the past and we still have from here on out,” second baseman Rickie Weeks said. “We didn’t have a great time [in Cincinnati] last time, but that’s the baseball season. We go back there a couple more times, anyway, so we have to try to turn some things around.”
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