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We’re just a little over three weeks into the 2013 baseball season, but here’s a couple of stats that Milwaukee Brewers fans may find interesting.
* Team Streak. The Brewers defeated the San Diego Padres last night 6-3 for their ninth straight victory. This is the longest winning streak for the Brewers in the month of April since 1987. Do you remember that streak? The Brewers in ’87 opened the season with 13 consecutive wins.
This is the 12th time in team history that the Brew Crew has had a winning streak of five games or more in the month of April. The last time was in 2006 when they won five straight.
In 1998, the team had a five-game winning streak and a six-game winning streak in April.
As you might expect, these five-game (or longer) winning streaks in April don’t mean much when it comes to end-of-the-year success. Of the 10 seasons where the Brewers had at least one five-game or more winning streak in April, the team finished with a winning record in only five of those 10 years. They did have a five-game winning streak in April 1982 when they last appeared in the World Series.
* How do you win more games? Score more runs! The Brewers nine-game winning streak has upped the club’s record to 11-8 for the season. Even with a winning record, the team has allowed more runs than they have scored. The Brewers have scored 84 runs and allowed 86. They are one of two teams to have a winning record so far this season with fewer runs than runs allowed. The other team? The Minnesota Twins are 9-8, but have allowed 81 runs while scoring 72.
In the 44-year history of the Brewers franchise, the team has always scored more runs that they allowed in seasons where they had a winning record, and have allowed more runs that they scored in years when they were under .500. In the two years where the Brewers were right at .500 (at 81-81), they scored more runs than they allowed in both years.
Last season in the majors each team with a winning record finished with more runs scored than allowed and each team with a sub-.500 record had fewer runs scored than they allowed. The last team to allow more runs than they scored in a year when they finished above .500 was in 2011 when the San Francisco Giants went 86-76 scoring 570 runs and allowing 578.
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