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What We Learned: Brewers are the NL Central Champions

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The Brewers finished off their run in the last week of the season to take the NL Central crown. We look back at all of the action from that game and the weekend before in today’s What We Learned.

National League Tiebreaker Game - Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Friday: Brewers 6, Tigers 5
Saturday: Brewers 6, Tigers 5
Sunday: Brewers 11, Tigers 0

NL Central Tiebreaker: Brewers 3, Cubs 1


Game 163

Milwaukee Brewers win NL Central
Jaymes L, BCB

Christian Yelich caps off historic season with first batting title in Brewers history
Jaymes L,BCB

Brewers claimed the NL Central crown the hard way, snatching it from the Cubs at Wrigley
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers’ Ryan Braun: ‘We had to take it from them, and we did.’
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

The star of the Central Division clinching celebration is Brewers first baseman Eric Thames
JR Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Of course you want to see videos of Brewers fans celebrating the NL Central title all over town
JR Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fans welcome the 2018 NL Central Division champs home to Miller Park
Tom Durian, TMJ4

ESPN crew for Cubs-Brewers tiebreaker seemed unsure that fans knew circumstances were unique
Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune


End of Regular Season

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers Week 27 in Review - the Final Edition*
Ben Reagan, BCB

Yelich named NL’s top September player
Daniel Kramer, Brewers.com

Relievers of the Month: Treinen, Knebel
Matt Kelly, Brewers.com

Brewers defied the odds by going from rebuilding to playoffs in three years
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bob Uecker Gets A Front Row Seat For Another Brewers Playoff Run
Andrew Wagner, Forbes

Injured Attanasio revels in Brewers’ success
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The best wins, worst losses, best performances, biggest surprises and more. Look back at the 2018 Brewers season’s superlatives
JR Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


National League Division Series

Brewers will have luxury of rested ‘pen for NLDS
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The beginner’s guide to the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs: Who do they play, when do they play and more
JR Radcluffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers show that they are the NL Central’s biggest October threat
Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider ($)

Who should you root for in the postseason?
Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports

Ranking all 25 possible 2018 World Series matchups
Mike Oz, Yahoo Sports


More Playoff Coverage

The Best Final Month Performances in Milwaukee Brewers History
Kyle Lobner, Shepherd Express

Brewers create their own identity
Peter Jackel, The Journal Times

Forget Starting Pitchers. It’s Bullpen Season.
Travis Sawchik, FiveThirtyEight

With Josh Hader heading a killer bullpen, the Brewers staked their claim as NL’s best team
Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports


Other News and Notes

On the heroes of September
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

BR Longform article on Bubba Derby
Brew Angel, BCB FanShot

It’s Hard Not to Feel Bad for Marlins Fans
roguejim, BCB FanPost

Celebrating Octoberfest for the first time since 2011
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Assistant GM Matt Arnold Linked To Giants’ GM Job
Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors

Zerjav Named MWL Executive of the Year; Rattlers Nominated for John H. Johnson Award
Chris Mehring, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Brewers Team Store Is Now Open! Store Set For All-Night “Postseason Madness” Sale
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases


MLB Postseason

NL Wild Card Game
Colorado Rockies (Kyle Freeland) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) | 7:00 pm