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Plesac: Roenicke is Manager of the Year front-runner with Brewers division title

Jul 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) removes Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) from the game against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Photo: Image by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Plesac: Roenicke is Manager of the Year front-runner with Brewers division title

By Matt Trebby. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

Former Brewers pitcher Dan Plesac, currently working for the MLB Network, started out his interview on Sports Central with great enthusiasm.

He, like many others, did not expect the Brewers to be on top of the National League Central this late in the season.

That's why Plesac thinks manager Ron Roenicke has to be a leader for the race to win National League Manager of the Year.

"You'd have to be a really diehard Brewers fan to think the 'Brew Crew' would be in first place on August 15," Plesac said of Roenicke. "He's pushed all the right buttons."

The schedule does get much more difficult, though, and that starts this weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We're going to find out in the next couple weeks," Plesac said. Of their running into Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw again, Plesac added, "That's a bad luck of the draw for the Brewers right now."

The Brewers still have plenty of games left against divisional opponents, and also have to travel out west again to take on the San Francisco Giants.

First, though, they're facing the Dodgers, who have the best record in the National League.

"The Dodgers are a good team. They're running into three good pitchers," Plesac said.

Even if the Brewers' schedule does become more difficult, that doesn't mean they are going to start fading away, according to Plesac.

The former Brewers closer told Sports Central he knew the team would be able to hit this season, but their starting pitching is what will keep them in the mix as one of the best teams in the National League.

"The Brewers aren't going away," Plesac said. "I still think they're the team to beat in that division."