On Sept. 10, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went down with a fractured kneecap. It was almost assuredly the end of the 2019 season for the reigning National League MVP and likely spelled doom and gloom for the Brew Crew.
Since Yelich landed on the injured list, the Brewers have gone 13-2 and cemented a playoff spot with a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
"What we just accomplished is really against all odds," outfielder Ryan Braun told reporters.
That isn't hyperbole.
The loss of Yelich, who owned a .329 average and 1.100 OPS prior to his injury, was supposed to be a death knell for Milwaukee. Instead, the Brewers have vaulted themselves into the playoffs. They're a lock to make the postseason as a wild-card entrant and have a chance to win the National League Central, currently trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by one game with three contests left on the calendar.
Partly, they've benefited from a soft schedule. Since Sept. 9, 14 of their 17 games have been against the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates and Reds, all sub-.500 squads.