A lot has been noted this season about the Brewers scoring a lot of runs in the first inning (it happened again on Sunday when they tallied three runs in the first inning). Let’s take a look a few individual stats for Brewers players in the first inning.
A look at the Brewers players stats in the first inning shows that Robin Yount has the team record for most career first-inning hits (578), Ryan Braun holds the team mark for most career first-inning home runs (69) and RBIs (211) and Paul Molitor holds the team record for most first-inning stolen bases (119).
I was a little surprised, however, when I discovered that a current player (not Ryan Braun) holds the team-best batting average in the first inning. For all Milwaukee players who have at least 100 plate appearances in the first inning, right-fielder Domingo Santana has the best first-inning batting average at .368 (I guess Counsell needs to make sure that Santana is batting either 1-2 or 3 in the Brewers batting order).
Here are the six Brewers players who have a .320 or better first-inning career batting average with the club (again, minimum of 100 plate appearances in the first inning to qualify for the list).
Domingo Santana .368
Bill Spiers .358
Jeff Cirillo .333
Dave Nilsson .325
Sixton Lezcano .320
Scooter Gennett .320
With all due respect to the great Hank Aaron, the worst career first-inning batting average for the Brewers (minimum of 100 plate appearances in the first inning) is Aaron’s .184.
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
Having a solid running game is important in the NFL (or is it? That’s a topic for another blog!). Sometimes, however, it isn’t always the running back that provides the running game spark.
Handing the ball off to a fleet-footed wide receiver can be just the ticket to the end zone. To illustrate this point, let’s look at the players who have the highest yards per rushing attempt in the NFL and with the Packers.
For the Pack, James Lofton holds the Packers record for highest yards per carry (minimum of 30 career rushing attempts). Every time Lofton carried the ball for Green Bay he averaged 7.9 yards (31 carries for 245 yards).
Here are the four Packers players with the highest yards per carry average (minimum of 30 career carries to qualify for the list).
James Lofton 7.9… Randall Cobb 6.7… Donald Driver 6.4… Ty Montgomery 5.9.
Cordarrelle Patterson has the highest yards per carry average in a career for the NFL. He is averaging 10.7 yards per carry in his career (31 carries for 333 yards). He is followed by Ernest Givens (9.9 yards per carry) and Curtis Conway (9.3 yards per carry). Lofton, with an NFL career yards per carry of 7.7, ranks 17th on this list. He is the only player in the top 20 with ties to the Packers.