The Phillies have settled into Milwaukee now for a four game series. The two teams should be equally matched as their records are very much the same this year. The problems both teams have been having are about the same as well.
The Brewers brought a 52-64 record into tonight's game with the Phillies. The Brew Crew is 18.5 GB out of first place, and 12.0 GB in the Wild Card, does that sound familiar with Phillies fans?
The Brewers though have a much different payroll than the Phillies do. Milwaukee only has a $98M payroll this year, and I say 'only' in the relationship to the Phillies payroll which had ballooned to around $172M this season. This year is the highest payroll ever for the Brewers. They have never had a year in which the Brewers had a payroll of over $100M in their club's history.
The Phillies have $100M earmarked for just 5 of the top paid players on the team for next year. I wonder if we haven't seen the last of the moving of players off of this team that may even occur in the off-season.
There can be only one way where that may not happen. That would be that the Phillies make the playoffs this year. It's a longshot, but it's still very doable with the rules change that was made prior to the start of the season this year.
The last 5 years has seen the Brewers make the playoffs twice. Once last year, when they finished in first place in the NL Central, and lost to the Cardinals in the NLCS 4 games to 2. The prior year that the Brewers made the playoffs was in 2008, when the Phillies were rolling in the playoffs. The Brewers lost against the Phils in the NLDS in 4 games. CC Sabathia was on the Brewers back then, when Phillies pitcher, Brett Myers beat CC in Game 2 of the NLDS by a 5-2 score.