Saturday, July 25, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 25, 2020 -- "Seasonish Preview 2020: NL Central"

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"I’ve been thinking a lot about that Josh Hader/Juan Soto confrontation last October. The Brewers were the darlings in that moment, pushing to Game Seven of the 2018 NLCS, making a spirited run to reach the playoffs without Yelich, going to D.C. and taking an early lead on Max Scherzer. It wasn’t likely that Soto would get to Hader, who is so hard for lefties to hit. Soto did, though, and the Nationals won that game, won 11 more, and now are champions. The Brewers’ moment seemed maybe to have passed them by. That changes a bit with playoff expansion, but I wonder if those two elimination games in ’18 and ’19 were where this story peaked."