The Milwaukee Brewers are hot at the right time, and with eight games left to play in the season, are in the driver's seat for a wild-card spot with an eye on a possible National League Central title.
Milwaukee (84-70) has won 13 of its last 15 games to grab sole possession of the NL's second wild card. The Brewers have won six of seven games, are 15-4 in September and are 8-2 since losing reigning MVP Christian Yelich to season-ending knee surgery.
Friday night's 10-1 win over the struggling Pirates got manager Craig Counsell his 400th regular-season win. And veteran slugger Ryan Braun joined Brewers legends Robin Yount and Paul Molitor as only players in franchise history with 400 doubles.