The Milwaukee Brewers are the Bellwether World Series of Baseball team

For the fourth consecutive season, the hopes of the Milwaukee Brewers’ World Series have been dashed by the eventual National League champion.

The Atlanta Braves became the last team to accomplish the feat, clinching their ticket to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1999 with a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night in NL Game 6. Championship Series after opening their playoff series with a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee in the NLDS.

In fact, all but one of the eight playoff appearances in franchise history ended with the Brewers being knocked out by the eventual pennant winner. The only exception was in 1982, when Milwaukee fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

And of those teams, only two – the 1981 Yankees and 2018 Dodgers – failed to win the World Series, while the Braves would become the third team in a row to win the title after knocking out the Brewers.

1981 AL Division Series: Yankees 3, Brewers 2

After knocking out Milwaukee in the first-ever Division Series, made possible by a 51-day mid-season strike, the Yankees swept Oakland in the AL Championship Series then won the first two World Series games before losing. four straight games against the Dodgers, who won their first title since 1965.

1982 World Series: Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

A year later, the Brewers finally reached the World Series to drop the last two games of a seven-game classic to the Cardinals, who won their ninth championship.

2008 NL Division Series: Phillies 3, Brewers 1

Milwaukee ended a 26-year drought in the playoffs when he won the National League Wild Card spot on the final day of the regular season, but came out flat in the playoffs against the Phillies, who have won the first two games at home while holding the Brewers to just three races.

The Brewers won Game 3, 4-1, in Milwaukee, but the Phillies closed the series a day later and after knocking out the Dodgers in five games in the NLCS, did the same against the Rays in the World Series. .

2011 NL Championship Series: Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

Three years later, the Brewers were back in the playoffs and after a thrilling win over Arizona in Game 5 of the NLDS, Milwaukee faced NL Central Division rival St. Louis with a spot. in in-game World Series.

The team split the first four games, each winning once at home and once on the road, but the Cardinals won the last two games to close the series, then made up for a 3-2 deficit for win their second championship in five. seasons.

2018 NL Championship Series: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3

Like the Brewers, who won the NL Central title by winning a tiebreaker in Game 163 against the Cubs, the Dodgers won their sixth straight NL West championship by winning their own tiebreaker. against the Rockies, who beat the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game before getting swept away by Milwaukee in the NLDS.

Los Angeles won their own divisional series, 3-1, against the Braves, then knocked out the Brewers with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 at Milwaukee before falling to the Red Sox in five games in the World Series, becoming the first team since 2010 -11 Texas Rangers will lose back-to-back World Series and the first NL team to lose back-to-back series since the Braves in 1991 and 1992.

NL Wild Card Game 2019: Nationals 4, Brewers 3

The Nationals ‘race to their first-ever championship began with a rally in the eighth round against the Brewers’ closest, Josh Hader. Washington scored three points to erase a 3-1 deficit for the win and after surviving a five-game NLDS against the Dodgers, swept St. Louis in the NLCS before beating the Astros in a World Series of Seven. matches.

2019 NL Wild Card Game: National Championships

A mistake from Trent Grisham allowed Washington to rally for a win over Josh Hader and a date with the Dodgers in the NLDS. The Nationals won that series 3-2, swept the Cardinals into the NLCS, then won four road games in the World Series to clinch the franchise’s first title.

NL Wild Card 2020 Series: Dodgers 2, Brewers 0

The Brewers have widened the playoff field despite posting a less than 500 record in the pandemic-shortened 60-game season and have been held scoreless for the last 14 innings by a Dodgers team who swept the San Diego Padres in the NLDS, erased a 3-1 deficit to the Braves in the NLCS and eliminated the Rays in six games to clinch their first World Series title since 1988.

2021: NL Division Series: Braves 3, Brewers 1

Milwaukee fled with the NL Central Division

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