By John Kern, from

On June 19, 2016, the Milwaukee Brewers were 16.5 games out of first place. Just 3-7 in their last ten games, their two-game losing streak pushed them to a 31-38 record, well short of the 46-20 Cubs. Yet today, they sit at 38-33, just ahead of the 34-34 Cubs and a little further ahead of the 31-37 Cardinals. Why has the Central turned out so differently than anyone imagined?