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There isn’t much good to say about the Milwaukee Brewers recent four games against the St. Louis Cardinals, so let’s look at something positive: the batting prowess of Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.
Gomez is leading the National League in batting with a .368 batting average. (Trivia question: Can you name the last Milwaukee Brewers player to win a batting crown? Answer at the end of the column.) Teammate Segura is sitting in fourth place in the batting race with a .333 average. If you would have said that two Brewers would be in the Top 5 of the N .L. batting race in early May, chances are Gomez and Segura probably would not have the been the two players you would have suspected.
The season is a long ways from being complete, but let’s dream a little. If Gomez and Segura should end the season in the Top 5 of the batting race, they would be the first Brewers teammates in the Top 5 since 1991 when Willie Randolph (.327, third place) and Paul Molitor (.325, fifth place) finished in the Top 5. Other Brewers teammates to finish in the league batting Top 5 at the end of a season: 1984 (Robin Yount .331, second place; Cecil Cooper .313, fifth place) and 1973 (George Scott (.306, second place) and Davey May (.303, fifth place).
Let’s expand the parameters a little; here’s a look at the Brewers teammates who finished in the Top 10 of the league batting race in a season.
2009: Ryan Braun (.320, seventh place) and Felipe Lopez (.310, ninth place)
1991: Willie Randolph (.327, third place) and Paul Molitor (.325, fifth place)
1989: Robin Yount (.318, fourth place) and Molitor (.315, sixth place)
1988: Molitor (.312, fifth place) and Yount (.306, tenth place)
1987: Molitor (.353, second place) and Yount (.312, tenth place)
1983: Ted Simmons (.308, ninth place) and Yount (.308, tenth place)
1982: Yount (.331, second place), Cecil Cooper (.313, fifth place) and Molitor (.302, tenth place)
1979: Molitor (.322, sixth place) and Sixto Lezcano (.321, seventh place)
1973: George Scott (.306, second place) and Davey May (.303, fifth place)
Trivia answer: The Brewers have never had a batting champion. They have, however, had five players who finished runner-up in the batting race: George Scott (1973), Cecil Cooper (1980), Robin Yount (1982), Paul Molitor (1987) and Ryan Braun (2011).
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