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Today’s Sports Stat: October 2, 2018

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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Today’s Sports Stat: September 29, 2018

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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Today’s Sports Stat: September 20, 2018

New Brewers starter Gio Gonzalez got the victory in yesterday’s (September 19) win over Cincinnati, 7-0. He pitched six innings of two-hit ball and had five strikeouts. What made the win even sweeter for Gonzalez was that it came on his 33rd birthday.

Gonzalez became the 13th pitcher in franchise history to win a game on his birthday. It was also the second time it has happened in his career; he won a game on his birthday with the Washington Nationals.

This was also the second time this season that a Milwaukee pitcher was the winning pitcher in a game on his birthday; back on April 17, Dan Jennings was the winning pitcher.

Here’s a look at the 15 times a pitcher has won a game on their birthday for the Brewers franchise (two pitchers did it twice; two pitchers did it in 1969 when the team was the Seattle Pilots).

John Gelnar, 6-25-69 (with Seattle)
Fred Talbot, 6-28-69 (with Seattle)

Lew Krausse, 4-25-70
Marty Pattin, 4-6-71

Jim Colburn, 5-22-73
Jerry Augustine, 7-24-76
Pete Ladd, 7-17-82
Bob McClure, 4-29-86
Steve Sparks, 7-2-95
Scott Karl, 8-9-95
Steve Woodard, 5-15-98
Scott Karl, 8-9-98
Steve Woodard, 5-15-99
Dan Jennings, 4-17-18
Gio Gonzalez, 9-19-18

Of the pitchers listed above, two pitched complete games… Krausse and Woodard (on May 15, 1999).

There have been 78 pitchers who have won two or more games on their birthdays in MLB history. Topping the list is Bobo Newson who had five victories on his birthday. He is followed by Tim Wakefield and Jerry Reuss, each with four birthday wins. There are 17 pitchers who won games on three of their birthdays.

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Today’s Sports Stat: September 10, 2018

How many wins would the Brewers need in the 2018 season to secure a Wild Card spot in this year’s playoffs (that’s assuming they don’t overtake the Cubs for the National League Central title)?

Since the 2012 season Major League Baseball has had in place a playoff format whereby two teams from each league get a Wild Card berth in the MLB post-season in addition to the three division winners. That means there have been 24 teams that have been Wild Card participants since that ’12 season.

In the American League, the 12 Wild Card teams since 2012 have won an average of 89.5 games; in the National League, the 12 Wild Card teams since 2012 have won an average of 90.9 games.

Of the 24 Wild Card teams (12 in each league since 2012), 11 won 90 or more games to reach the post-season; 18 of the 24 won 88 or more games.

Most wins by a Wild Card team since 2012 was 98 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. The fewest wins by a Wild Card team since 2012 was 85 by the Minnesota Twins last season.

The Brewers are currently 82-62 (through games of September 9). They are two games behind the Cubs in the N.L. Central race, but they hold the number one Wild Card spot in the league, 2.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, who have a one-game lead over the Dodgers for the second Wild Card spot in the N.L.

If we use 90 wins as a benchmark for making the playoffs, the Brewers would need to go at least 8-10 in their final 18 games to finish with 90 wins for the season.

Since 2012, only two teams with 90 or more wins failed to reach the post-season: In 2012, Tampa Bay won 90 games but did not make the playoffs… the next season the Texas Rangers won 91 but did not reach the post-season.

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Today’s Sports Stat: September 1, 2018

Could Christian Yelich become the fifth 30-100-.300 player in Brewers history?

Through games of August 31, Yelich, who this past week had a six-hit game that included hitting for the cycle, is having an MVP-type season. He has 26 home runs, 76 RBI and a batting average of .317. With 26 games left in the season, he’ll need four homers (doable), 24 RBI (could be a challenge) and keep his average above the .300 mark to reach these milestone numbers.

If Yelich reaches these 30-100-.300 stats, it would be the eighth time in team history; Ryan Braun has done it three times for the Brewers, Cecil Cooper did it twice for the Brew Crew.

Here’s a look at the seven times in Brewers history that a player reached the 30 home run, 100-RBI, .300 batting average in a season for the team.

1980: Ben Oglivie, 41-118, .304
1982: Cecil Cooper, 32-121, .313
1983: Cecil Cooper, 30-126, .307
1996: John Jaha, 34-118, .300
2009: Ryan Braun, 32-114, .320
2011: Ryan Braun, 33-111, .332
2013: Ryan Braun, 41-112, .319

In addition to these seven seasons above, the Brewers had four other near-misses when it comes to a 30-100-.300 season. In 1982, Robin Yount had 29 home runs, 114 RBI and a .331 BA; in 2007, a pair of Brewer players missed this milestone… Braun had 34 HRs, 97 RBI and a batting average of .324 while Prince Fielder ended that ’07 campaign with 46 homers, 141 RBI and a .299 average; Fielder again missed having a 30-100-.300 season in 2011 when he hit 38 home runs with 120 RBI and a .299 average.

The Major League leader for 30-100-.300 season is Babe Ruth with 12. He is followed by Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and Lou Gehrig, each with 10 such seasons.

The Brewers this season have another pair of players who could reach the 30-HR, 100-RBI milestone: Jesus Aguilar has 31 HRs and 93 RBI while Travis Shaw ended August with 27 homers and 76 runs driven in. Aguilar has an outside chance at a 30-100-.300 season, but he would need to go on a tear in the final month to bring his average up to .300 from his current mark of .276. Shaw’s average was at .247 going into the final month.

One final stat: How about we drop the numbers a little and check how many Brewers have ended a season with 25 or more home runs, 80 of more RBIs, and a batting average of .280 or better. Seventeen different players for the Brewers have reached these numbers with Braun having the most with eight such seasons. Here are those 17 players and the number of 25-80-.280- seasons with the Brew Crew.

8 seasons: Ryan Braun

3 seasons: Cecil Cooper, Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder

2 seasons: Ben Oglivie

1 season: Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Lee, Corey Hart, Davey May, George Scott, Greg Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, John Jaha, Larry Hisle, Robin Yount, Sixto Lezcano, Tommy Harper

 

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