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"The Brewers, with last night’s loss, have dropped three of four this week and have very little room for error. One loss today will put them up against the wall, two could put them under it. They did pound Flaherty -- nine runs in three innings -- the last time they saw him, a fairly shocking result. If their season ends this weekend, they can point to a series of offseason moves -- trading for Omar Narvaez, signing Josh Lindblom, Justin Smoak, and Eric Sogard -- that dragged them away from the playoff hunt. A team with a core of Christian Yelich, Keston Hiura, Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Josh Hader shouldn’t need to rebuild, though. David Stearns has got to fill in the roster behind those five better than he did this year."