Milwaukee balancing playoff push, young players

Milwaukee balancing playoff push, young players

Milwaukee balancing playoff push, young players
MIAMI -- The Brewers' sudden late-season push for a National League Wild Card berth has left the team in a peculiar situation. Milwaukee is tasked with finding a happy medium between creating playing time for new roster additions without affecting the team's current surge for a possible playoff spot.

"For the next week, I think it will be easy," manager Ron Roenicke said. "After that, if we're really making a push, we're going to have to sit down and really talk about this."

The Brewers are 11-3 over their last 14 games and have won 13 of their last 18 dating back to Aug. 16. Entering Tuesday, they were 7 1/2 games behind the second NL Wild Card spot, with four teams still in front of them.

It's a position the Brewers didn't expect to be in when they traded Zack Greinke to the Angels on July 27, and were 12 games behind second NL Wild Card spot and 15 games back in the NL Central at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"At that time, the way we were playing, it wasn't good baseball," Roenicke said. "It was good series, bad series. It wasn't good. Wasn't good enough to lead anybody to believe we were going to make that push. We got a tremendous amount of work to do to get back. ... We've got some work to do."

While the Brewers still have a tall task ahead of them and a daunting September schedule that includes the Cardinals, Braves, Pirates, Nationals and Reds, Roenicke plans to stick with what's working for the club, at least for the next week or so. He added that the Brewers are unlikely to start up righty Mark Rogers again, but if they do, it would "probably be for one or two starts."

"We're going to go for [the Wild Card]," Roenicke said. "We're going to win as many games as we can. We're not just going to put a guy in to see him right now. We're trying to win."