TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-October 11, 2018
This is the fifth year in the Milwaukee Brewers 50-year franchise history (one year in Seattle as the Pilots, 49 seasons in Milwaukee) that they have made the playoffs. The National League Championship Series (NLCS) versus the Los Angeles Dodgers is the eighth different playoff series the team has played in those 50 seasons: they played in one post-season series in 1981, two in 1982, one in 2008, two in 2011, and face the Dodgers in their second playoff series of 2018.
Here are several stats about the past history of the Brewers in the playoffs and some stats about Brewers players in the post-season.
- The Brewers have never won a Game 6 or a Game 7 in the playoffs in their history. They are 4-3 in Game Ones; 2-5 in Game Twos; 4-3 in Game Threes; 4-2 in Game Fours; 3-2 in Game Fives; 0-2 in Game Sixes; and 0-1 in Game Sevens.
- The team has a playoff record of 17-18 (through the 2018 Colorado series). They are 12-6 (.667 winning percentage) at home and 5-12 (.294) in road playoff contests.
- The Brewers are 6-8 after a loss in the playoffs… 7-7 after a win.
- If the Brewers have lost two straight games in a playoff series, they are 6-0 in the next game after a two-game playoff losing streak. If they have won two straight in a playoff series, the Brew Crew is 2-3 in the next game.
- Milwaukee is 5-2 in their first home game of a playoff series.
- The Brewers have won three playoff series in their history (1982, 2011 and 2018) and have lost four series (1981, 1982, 2008 and 2011).
- Ryan Braun holds the Brewers team record for most career post-season hits with 27. He is followed by Robin Yount (22), Paul Molitor (22), Charlie Moore (17), Cecil Cooper (15) and Jerry Hairston (15). How many of you had Hairston on this list?
- Prince Fielder has the most career HRs in the post-season for Milwaukee with four. Molitor and Ted Simmons follow with three each, and Braun, Corey Hart, Ben Oglivie, Gorman Thomas and Rickie Weeks (two each) are the only other Brewers players to have two or more career post-season home runs for the club.
- Cooper tops the list with 13 career post-season RBI for the Brewers. The only other Brewer with 10 or more is Braun with 12.
- Mike Caldwell is the only Brew Crew pitcher to win more than one post-season game for the Brewers.
- Shaun Marcum is the only Brewers pitcher to lose three or more post-season games for the Brew Crew. He was 0-3.
- John Axford (3), Bob McClure (2) and Pete Ladd (2) are the only relief pitchers to have more than one save for the Brewers in the post season.
- Yovani Galardo leads the Brewers pitching staff with the most career post season strikeouts with 20. He is followed by Pete Vukovich (16), Don Sutton (140, Zack Greinke (13) and Chris Narveson (13).
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PACKERSTATS-Game #5-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-23 loss the Detroit Lions on October 7.
- The Packers have now lost four of their last seven road games against division foes.
- Green Bay is 11-9-1 versus the NFC North in the Mike McCarthy era; they 2-5-1 against the NFC North in their last eight games.
- Aaron Rodgers had a 108.0 Passer Rating in the game. It was the first game in his career that he lost a game to the Lions with a Passer Rating over 100. He had been 11-0 against the Lions prior to this game when he had a Passer Rating over 100.
- Detroit QB Matthew Stafford had a Passer Rating of 101.9 in the game. It was only the sixth career game in 16 starts that Stafford had a Passer Rating over 100 versus the Pack.
- The Lions scored first in the game and have now won four of the last five games against the Packers when they score first in the contest.
- Detroit scored 14 points in the first quarter. The Pack is 4-6-1 versus the Lions in their all-time games against the Lions when they allow Detroit to score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
- Mason Crosby missed a career-record four field goal attempts. Consider this: He has attempted field goals in 156 regular season games for the Packers. He was perfect on his field goal attempts in 95 of those games. In the games where he has missed one or more field goals, the Packers are 44-16-1. Of the 16 games the Packers lost, the points Crosby left off the scoreboard with his misses would have given the Packers the win in only five of those games.
- Green Bay had three turnovers in the game. They have now lost 14 of their last 15 games where they had three or more turnovers. The team is 13-48 (.213 winning percentage) when they have had three or more turnovers since 2000.
- Although the Packers did not get shutout in the game, fans might have been wondering if they would ever score in the game when they were down 24-0 at halftime. The last time the team was shutout in a game was last year when they lost 23-0 to the Ravens. Since 2000, Green Bay has been shutout four times. Cleveland and Miami top the list with 12 and 11 shutouts respectively since 2000. Six teams, Indianapolis, Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans, Baltimore and San Diego, have each only been shutout once since 2000.
- For the second game this season, the Pack did not score in the first half. Since 1966, Green Bay is 14-71-2 (.172) when they do not score in the first half.
- The Packers are certainly having issues in the first half of the game. They are -29 in points the first quarter, -4 in the second quarter (a -33 in the first half) and +27 in the third quarter and +7 in the fourth quarter (+34 in the second half).
- By-quarter scoring for the Packers: 1st quarter: 13, second quarter: 30, third quarter: 30; fourth quarter: 42)
- Rodgers had 442 yards passing and three TD passes, the fourth time in his career he has reached 400/3 in a game in his career. Drew Brees ranks first with 12 such games. If you add in the fact that Rodgers did not have an interception in the game, it was Rodgers third career game with 400 or more passing yards, three or more TD passes and no interceptions. Only five QBs in NFL history have done that in three or more games: Rodgers (3), Ben Roethlisberger (4), Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (5 each) and Brees (9 games).
- Green Bay had 12 accepted penalties for 112 yards. They are 13-11 since 2006 when they have 10 or more accepted penalties in a game and 8-6 in games since 2006 when they are assessed 100 or more yards in penalties.
- The Packers had 521 total yards to Detroit’s 264. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), there have been 194 games where one team had more than 500 total yards and their opponents had less than 300 in the game. Teams that get over 500 and their opponents less than 300 are 177-16-1 (.915) in those games. The Packers are 7-1-1 in such games when they get 500 or more total yards.
- The 442 passing yards was the second most in Rodgers’ career (he had 480 on Sept. 15, 2013 versus the Redskins). Green Bay is 3-2 in the five games where Rodgers had 400 or more yards passing. They are 7-8 in the 15 regular season games where Rodgers has had 350 or more passing yards.
- Davante Adams led the Packers receiving corps with 140 yards on nine catches. Green Bay is 3-5-1 when Adams has eight or more catches in a game, and is 4-3 when he has 100 or more yards receiving in a game. The 140 receiving yards was the second most in his career (he had 156 on Nov. 13, 2016 in a game versus the Titans).
- Rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had seven receptions for 68 yards. He became the fourth rookie to have seven or more receptions in a game this century. The others: Jamaal Williams (2017), Davante Adams (2014) and Ruvell Martin (2006).
- Adams had a receiving TD in his 10th straight road game. Since 2015, Adams tops the NFL with the most road TD receptions with 17.
- Green Bay has allowed the Lions to score 30 or more points in only seven of the 37 games they’ve played since 2000, but the Lions are 5-2 in those games. The Pack has allowed 30+ points to the Lions in three straight games, losing each.
- Green Bay is 0-6 in the last six games where they scored less than 25 points against Detroit.
The 2018 MLB playoffs get started on October 3. Let’s take a look at a few stats you may not know about the 2018 regular season and a couple of Milwaukee Brewers stats.
- The Baltimore Orioles became the fifth team in MLB history to win fewer than 50 games in a full-schedule regular season (either a 162 or 154-game schedule). The O’s won only 46 games this year. The other teams: 2003 Detroit Tigers (43 wins), 1962 New York Mets (40 wins), the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies (47 wins) and the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates (42 wins).
- Three American League teams, the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and New York Yankees each won 100 games this season, the first time in MLB history that three teams from the same league won 100 or more games in a season. It was the seventh time in MLB history that three MLB teams won 100 or more games in the same season, but the first time all three teams were from the same league (American or National league). Three teams won 100 games last year, two A.L. clubs, the Astros and Indians, and one N.L. team, the Dodgers. The other years when three MLB teams won 100 games: 2003 (Atlanta, San Francisco, N.Y. Yankees), 2002 (Atlanta, the Yankees, Oakland), 1998 (Braves, Yankees and Astros), 1977 (Kansas City, Philadelphia and the Yankees) and 1942 (Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Yankees).
- The most improved team in 2018 based on how many more wins they had in 2018 than 2017 were the Oakland A’s. They increased their win total by 22 wins in 2018 over the previous season. The team with the biggest drop in wins was the Orioles who saw their win total from 2017 drop by 28 victories. Here are the teams that increased their win total this year over the previous season: Oakland (+22), Atlanta (+18), Boston (+15), Philadelphia (+14), Seattle (+11), Milwaukee (+10), Tampa bay (+10), N.Y Yankees (+9), San Francisco (+9), N.Y. Mets (+7), Pittsburgh (+7), St. Louis (+5), Colorado (+4), Cubs (+3), Houston (+2)… and the teams that saw their win totals decrease this season over 2017: Baltimore (-28), Kansas City )-22), Washington (-15), Miami (-14), L.A. Dodgers (-12), Arizona (-11), Cleveland (-11), Texas (-11), Minnesota (-7), Chicago White Sox (-5), San Diego (-5), Toronto (-3), Cincinnati (-1). Two teams, the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, each had the same number of wins in 2018 as 2017.
- Christian Yelich slugged 25 home runs in the second half of the 2018 season, the second most homers by a Milwaukee Brewers player after the All-Star break in team history, Richie Sexson holds the record with 27 second half HRs; he hit them in 2001. Others on the list: Prince Fielder, 24 in 2009; Ryan Braun, 23 in 2007; and Gorman Thomas, 22 in 1979.
- The Brewers ended the 2018 season by going 20-7 in the last month (that includes their tiebreaker win against the Cubs on October 1, which counts in the regular season stats and is considered a September win for the sake of monthly win totals). The 20-7 record in September was a .741 winning percentage, the highest September winning percentage in team history. The Brewers won 60% or more of their games in September in six other seasons: 1992 (22-9, .710), 1988 (18-8, .692), 1987 (21-11, .656), 2012 (20-11, .645), 1991 (21-12, .636) and 2011 (15-10, .600).
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PACKERSTATS-Game #4-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on September 30.
- The Packers are now 112-34-2 (.764) in the Mike McCarthy era when they score 20 or more points in a regular season game.
- Green Bay is now 7-6 since 2006 in games versus the AFC East. They are 4-3 in home games since ’06 versus the AFC East.
- Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen had a Passer Rating of 36.3 in the game. Of the 41 rookie QBs who have attempted 10 or more passes in a game at Lambeau, that Passer Rating ranks 28th. Only six rookie QBs have ever had a Passer Rating above 90.0 in a game at Lambeau. Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott had a 117.4 Passer Rating in a game at Lambeau on October 16, 2016 to top the list.
- The Pack scored first in the game and is now 8-1-1 in the last 10 games where they score first at Lambeau Field.
- Jimmy Graham got his first TD with the Packers, a 3-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers. Of Graham’s 70 career TDs, 33 were from 10 yards or more, while 37 came from less than 10 yards. Nineteen of Graham’s 70 career TDs came from three yards or less.
- Mason Crosby missed an extra point in the game, but it really didn’t matter. In fact, of the nine extra points that Crosby has missed, the Packers are 8-1 in those games.
- Aaron Jones had a TD run in the game. Green Bay is 4-1 in games when Jones scores a TD.
- Aaron Rodgers had an interception in the game. The Packers are 27-33 (.450) when Rodgers has one or more interceptions in a game.
- Green Bay led the Bills 16-0 at halftime. The Packers are 28-4 (.875) since 2000 when they hold their opponents scoreless in the first half; they are 23-2 (.920) at Lambeau since 2000 when the opponents do not get on the scoreboard in the first two quarters.
- The last Green Bay shutout was October 31, 2010 when they defeated the New York Jets 9-0. Since 2000, there have been 133 regular season NFL games that were a shutout. The Packers rank tied for eighth on the list with six shutouts since 2000. The Baltimore Ravens top the list with 12 shutout games since 2000.
- The Pack defense had a pair of interceptions in the game. They are now 57-12 (.826) since 2006 when the defense has two or more interceptions in a regular season game.
- The defense had seven sacks in the game, the 30th time in team history that they got seven or more sacks in a game. They are 29-1 in those games.
- Mason Crosby had three field goals… Green Bay is 31-7-1 in those games (.808). He tallied 10 points… Green Bay is 42-8-1 (.833) in those games.
- Kyler Fackrell had three fourth-quarter sacks in the game. Prior to the game, he had five career sacks in his first two seasons.
- Green Bay held Buffalo to only 145 total yards. The Packers have now won 10 straight when they hold the opposition under 150 yards in a contest.
- The Pack scored in all four quarters. They are 148-26-1 (.849) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) when they tally a points in each quarter. They are 83-9-1 (.898) at Lambeau when they score a point in each quarter since 1966.
- It has been stated that Mike McCarthy likes to break the season games down to four quarters (Games #1-4, Games #5-8, Games #8-12 and Games #13-16). Since 2006 when he took over the head coaching duties, the Packers have been under .500 in the first quarter (Games #1-4) only once; that was in his first year, 2006, when they were 1-3 (.250) after the first four contests. In all other years the Pack has been at .500 or better after the first four games in each season from 2007-2018.
- The Pack accumulated 423 yards of total offense in the game. It was their first game with 400 or more total yards since December 18, 2016 (they did not have a 400-yard game in 2017). They are 66-21-1 (.756) since 2000 when the offense has 400 or more total yards in a game.
When it comes to games with two or more home runs, Ryan Braun is the king for the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the span of four days, Braun hit a pair of home runs in two games; Braun hit a pair against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 25 and then hit two against the Detroit Tigers on September 28.
Braun tops the Milwaukee franchise with the most multi-home run games in a career with 32. He is followed by Prince Fielder with 22 and Gorman Thomas with 19. Braun is, however, nowhere near the leader board when it comes to the most multi-HR games in MLB history. Leading the way is Babe Ruth with 72 followed by Barry Bonds with 71. Others with 60 or more career multi-HR games: Sammy Sosa (69), Mark McGwire (67), Willie Mays (63) and Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez (each with 62).
The Brewers have had five players hit two or more home runs in a game this season. Braun has done it four times followed by Jesus Aguilar with three games. The other three Brewers players with multi-HR games this year (each with one game) are Keon Broxton, Eric Thames and Christian Yelich.
Following are the MLB players with the most multi-HR games in a season.
11: Sammy Sosa, 1998; Hank Greenberg, 1938
10: Giancarlo Stanton, 2017; Sammy Sosa, 2001; Alex Rodriguez, 2002; Albert Pujols, 2009; Mark McGwire, 1998; Ralph Kiner, 1947; Jimmie Foxx, 1938; Barry Bonds, 2001.
9: David Ortiz, 2005; Mark McGwire, 1999; Willie Mays, 1955; Andruw Jones, 2005; George Bell, 1987; Jose Bautista, 2010.
Robin Yount holds the Brewers record for most games with two or more home runs in a season with seven (he did it in 1982). Gorman Thomas had six multi-HR games, also in 1982, while Richie Sexson had six in 2001. Braun had six multi-HR games in both 2012 and 2016.
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