After an exciting week in baseball, the 2011 postseason bracket has finally been nailed down. Only A Game's Bill Littlefield has an update on the American League Division Series, as the New York Yankees face the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Texas Rangers.
In the National League, the "Brew Crew" has secured their first division title since 1982, only their fourth trip to the playoffs in franchise history. Milwaukee Public Radio's Mitch Teich reports for Only A Game this week on Milwaukee's recent triumph.
With lights-out starting pitching by Yovani Gallardo and Zack Grienke — both have over 200 strikeouts on the season — and the slugging power of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in the lineup, the Brewers have known all season they had all the pieces to make it into October.
Milwaukee finished with a franchise-record 96 wins, one more than in the 1982 season when the team made its only World Series appearance. Those odds please Brewers fans who, like Terry O'Rourke, have put their "blood sweat and tears" into the team. According to Michael Hunt, columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a playoff appearance is no longer enough for Brewers devotees; they want to go all the way.
"I think in 2008 most of the guys on the team and most of the people around town were thinking it's been a long, long time since they've been in the playoffs and it's just good to be there. But I think most anybody will tell you now that the Brewers aren't just happy to be there anymore, they expect to win."
This segment aired on October 1, 2011.