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Can the Diamondbacks keep the Brewers’ postseason curse alive?

Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (12) high fives teammates after a solo home run during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the NLCS at Citizens Bank Park on Oct. 23, 2023, in Philadelphia, PA. The Arizona Diamondbacks won Game 6 of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1.

While the odds may appear to be stacked against them, history suggests that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be on the verge of becoming National League champions tonight, all thanks to a fascinating stat.

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Since the end of the expansion era in 1976, a unique pattern has emerged: any team that has defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason has gone on to compete in the World Series.

This trend started in 1981, when the Brewers were defeated by the Yankees in the first round of the 1981 MLB playoffs. The Yankees went on to lose in the World Series that year.

Since then, this curious pattern has repeated itself through teams like the ’82 Cardinals, ’08 Phillies, ’11 Cardinals, ’18 Dodgers, ’19 Nationals, ’20 Dodgers, and the ’21 Braves.

Of these teams that overcame the Brewers in the postseason (including the Yankees), six went on to win the championship.

This observation was initially brought to light by CBS Sports.

Now, it’s the Diamondbacks’ turn to potentially continue this historical trend, as they are win away from advancing to the World Series after beating the Brewers in the Wild Card round and the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Nevertheless, the question remains: can they continue this historic pattern tonight, or are the Phillies too big of a beast to be slain?


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