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Milwaukee Brewers

Stadium: Miller Park | Manager: Ron Roenicke
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Who has the lowest ERA of any qualifying left-handed reliever in the majors? Zach Duke.
Jonathan Lucroy emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate on a team that has Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez is one of my favorite stories of the year.
Losing 11 of 13 heading into the break warrants a plunge in the rankings, but they are in fine shape moving forward. They got a blowout win Sunday and have had a few days to lick their wounds. And they enter the second half with fewer injury issues than their three competitors.
Trouble in paradise? They've now lost seven of their last eight. The good news is the All-Star break is very soon. A nice breather couldn't hurt. As for the ranking, they've built enough credit to stick around here for now.
Francisco Rodriguez is 16 saves away from tying Randy Myers for 10th all-time. He (K-Rod, not Myers) is only 32 years old. How high could he go? He's less than 100 away from fourth (John Franco has 424; K-Rod has 331). Third all-time is Lee Smith with 478. I would say the top two (Mariano Rivera with 652 and Trevor Hoffman with 601) are out of reach, but anything else is at least worth discussing as a possibility.
The only Brewers team in history to make the World Series had an awesome nickname (Harvey's Wallbangers, an homage to a drink and manager Harvey Kuenn). I bring this up because I think Milwaukee should at least be prepared. What's the nickname for the 2014 Brewers going to be? You need one, guys.
Did they weather the storm, which included a regression from their bullpen and injuries to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez? I think they might have, now having won seven of their past 10.
They're still below .500 since that ridiculous -- and completely unsustainable -- 20-7 start. Are they more the 18-20 team since then or the team on pace for one of baseball's greatest seasons of all time? When you get your answer, you can figure why they aren't ranked higher. If you prefer the standings, look at the standings.
I thought they were crashing back to Earth during their 3-7 stretch last month, but they've since rebounded to win five of their last seven games. I'm not fully buying in yet, but I am strongly considering it.
Francisco Rodriguez, who is still only 32 years old, is just 26 saves from 10th place in baseball history.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJonathan Lucroy , C.306
HRMark Reynolds , 1B18
RBIRyan Braun , RF61
OBPJonathan Lucroy , C.374
SLGRyan Braun , RF.504
RCarlos Gomez , CF65
SBCarlos Gomez , CF20
WWily Peralta , SP12
ERAKyle Lohse , SP3.07
WHIPKyle Lohse , SP1.10
KKyle Lohse , SP107
SVFrancisco Rodriguez , RP31
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