Milwaukee Brewers: The all-time bracket

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 08: A fan with a haircut showing the Milwaukee Brewers logo follows the spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 08: A fan with a haircut showing the Milwaukee Brewers logo follows the spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Gorman Thomas. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Brewers: The all-time bracket

No. 3 vs.  6 seed

These teams are separated by just two seasons, and as a result, are similarly structured.

The 1981 Milwaukee Brewers produced an overall 62-47 record during the strike-divided season, finishing first at 31-22 in the second half but losing the division series to first-half champion New York in five games.

Cooper hit .320, while Yount, Molitor, Thomas, and Oglivie all had nice seasons.

On the mound, Vuckovich went 14-4 and Rollie  Fingers produced a 6-3 record with 28 saves and a 1.04 ERA  in 47 appearances covering 78 innings.

At 95-66,  George Bamberger’s 1979 club finished eight games behind Baltimore’s divisional champions.

Again, the Brewers sent out a strong and balanced lineup. Four regulars finished above .300, Thomas hit 45 home runs and drove in 123.

The mound staff was again unremarkable, Caldwell leading it with a 16-6 record and 3.29 ERA in 30 starts.

Game 1: The 1979  team’s .590 winning percentage edges out the 1981 team’s .569.

Game 2: A fourth game 2 walkover,   this one favoring 1981. The series is even at a game each.

Game 3: The 1979 team produced a 113 OPS+, six-point better than the 1981 team’s 107.

Game 4: Another victory for 1979, this time thanks to its 104 staff ERA+. That’s 15 points better than the 1981 club’s sub-par 89 ERA+.

Game 5: Perhaps handicapped by the cancellation of one-third of the season, the 1981 team only manages a pedestrian 22 team WAR. The 1979 team’s 48.2 WAR is easily good enough to end the series.

Result: 1979 in five games.