Ron Roenicke fully understands the position the Milwaukee Brewers occupy in the National League Central Division standings.
The Brewers manager doesn’t need a daily trip to the local newspaper to confirm the cold, hard truth about a season in which Milwaukee is trailing every team — yes, even the Chicago Cubs — in the division and every team but the woeful Miami Marlins in the NL.

“The last (maybe) three weeks, I don’t even look at the standings,” Roenicke said Sunday. “I’d rather not even know. I’m concerned that we hang on and we play well enough and we start winning games.”

There simply is no other approach for Roenicke to take with this team at this time. The Brewers trail three division teams — St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh — by 11 or more games. Catching any or all of them with 100 games left to play is a daunting task, probably too daunting if you focus too much on the big picture.
But first things first. At one point, injuries, slumps and the almost daily ineffectiveness of the starting pitchers had turned the Brewers, in the words of frustrated slugger Ryan Braun, into a team that was “barely competitive.”
Over the past 10 games, however, the Brewers have regained their competitive edge. It is only a first step, of course, but they are battling, scratching, clawing, mixing and matching enough that they have won six of those

10 games.
The Brewers’ 9-1 blowout of the Philadelphia Phillies behind the brilliant pitching of Kyle Lohse on Sunday at Miller Park was their most complete game of the season. It gave them a three-game winning streak, their longest since they won nine in a row — many are still wondering how they did that — in mid-April.