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MLB Stats: 60-40 teammates

If you are a Brewers fan, you already know that Jonathan Villar led the majors last season with 62 stolen bases and that Chris Carter tied for the National League home run title with 41 homers. But what you may not know is that these (now-former) Brewers teammates in 2016 became the fifth set of MLB teammates to have a 60-40 season… one player with 60 or more steals and a teammate with 40 or more HRs.

Here’s a look at the five sets of teammates who had a 60-40 season in the same year:

Milwaukee Brewers, 2016: Chris Carter, 41 HRs, Jonathan Villar, 62 stolen bases.
New York Mets, 2006: Carlos Beltran, 41 HRs, Jose Reyes, 64 stolen bases.
New York Mets, 1999: Mike Piazza, 40 HRs, Roger Cedeno, 66 stolen bases.
Cleveland Indians, 1996: Albert Belle, 48 HRs, Kenny Lofton, 75 stolen bases.
New York Yankees, 1931: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, 46 HRs each, Ben Chapman, 61 stolen bases.

The combined stats of HRs and stolen bases has always been a way to evaluate those players who have that rare, much-desired combination of speed and power. The most common stat has been the “30-30” players, those who get 30 or more HRs and 30 or more steals in the same season. The Brewers franchise has had two 30-30 players in its history: Ryan  Braun has done it twice (in 2011 and 2012), and Tommy Harper did it in 1970. In fact, Braun and Mike Trout are the last two players to have a 30-30 season, both accomplishing this feat in 2012. Braun is one of 13 MLB players in history to have two or more 30-30 seasons… father and son Barry and Bobby Bonds top this list, each with five 30-30 seasons in their careers.

In addition to Braun’s two 30-30 seasons and Harper’s lone 30-30 campaign, the Brewers team has had nine other seasons where teammates accomplished a 30-30 season… one player with 30 or more HRs and a teammate with 30 or more stolen bases. Here’s a look at those seasons:

2016: HRs-Chris Carter (41) and Ryan Braun (30)/Stolen Bases-Jonathan Villar (62) and Hernan Perez (34)

2012: HRs-Corey Hart (30) and Ryan Braun (41)/Stolen Bases-Nori Aoki (30), Carlos Gomez (37) and Ryan Braun (30)

2011: HRs-Prince Fielder (38) and Ryan Braun (33)/Stolen Bases-Ryan Braun (33)

2003: HRs-Richie Sexson (45)/Stolen Bases-Scott Podsednik (43)

1983: HRs-Cecil Cooper (30)/Stolen Bases-Paul Molitor (41)

1982: HRs-Ben Oglivie (34) and Gorman Thomas (39)/Stolen Bases-Paul Molitor (41)

1980: HRs-Ben Oglivie (41) and Gorman Thomas (38)/Stolen Bases-Paul Molitor (34)

1979: HRs-Gorman Thomas (45)/Stolen Bases-Paul Molitor (33)

1978:HRs-Gorman Thomas (32) and Larry Hisle (34)/Stolen Bases-Paul Molitor (30)

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How strikeouts are killing the Brewers this year

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Those of us who are Brewers fans knew that this season was not going to end with a divisional title. I think what most of us hoped for was a competitive team that showed glimpses of what may be coming down the road… young, exciting players who could turn the fortunes of the franchise around in a few years. In many respects, I think the team has done just that.

There is, however, a disturbing element of the Brewers’ game that needs to be addressed: strikeouts, and I don’t mean when a Brewers pitcher is on the mound. The Brewers bats are striking out way too much.

Let’s throw the statistical lens down and see what the numbers show.

First, consider these two stats:

  • The Brewers rank dead last in most games played this season where the team’s batters struck out five times or less. The Brewers have had only five such games in 2016. The Los Angeles Angels rank first with 45 games. In fact, 23 of the 30 MLB teams have played at least 15 or more games where their batters struck out five or fewer times in a contest.
  • Not surprisingly, the Brewers rank first this season with 47 games where their batters have struck out 10 times or more.

The team seems to have a pretty distinctive line this season of when they win and when they lose based on the number of times their batters were struck out in a game… the Brew Crew is 16-16 (.500) when the team’s batters strike out eight times or less in a game; they are 24-38 (.387) when they strike out nine or more times in a game.

The team issue with strikeouts is obviously having an effect on several individual players. First-year first baseman Chris Carter leads the team with 22 HRs and 54 RBI, although his batting average is a paltry .220. Carter also leads the team in strikeouts with 124. He is on a pace to exceed 30 homers for the season, but he is also on pace to eclipse the 150-strikeout mark in the season. He would become the seventh Brewers player in team history to have 30+ home runs and 150+ strikeouts in the same season if he continues at this pace.

Here’s a look at the Brewers batters who reached 30 HR and 150 K in a season.

Season, player, home runs-strikeouts 1979: Gorman Thomas, 45-175 1980: Gorman Thomas, 38-170 1986: Rob Deer, 33-179 1998: Jeromy Burnitz, 38-158 2001: Richie Sexson, 45-178 2001: Jeromy Burnitz, 34-150 2003: Richie Sexson, 45-151 2006: Bill Hall, 35-162 2012: Corey Hart, 30-151

Another Brewers first-year player, Jonathan Villar, has been a pleasant surprise with a .299 batting average, a .383 on-base percentage that leads the team and stellar play at shortstop… not to mention that he leads the league in stolen bases with 34. Strikeouts, however, have been an issue for Villar. He has 103 for the season.

Villar is on a pace to get very close to 50 stolen bases for the year and 150 strikeouts. No Brewers player has ever reached these two numbers in the same season. In fact, only two players in MLB history have ever had 50 or more steals in a season and 150 or more strikeouts. The two: Delino DeShields (56 steals-151 strikeouts for Montreal in 1991) and Juan Samuel (72 steals-168 strikeouts for Philadelphia in 1984). Could Villar become the third member of this unique club?

No doubt the Brewers are headed in the right direction. They need, however, to figure out a way to lessen the number of strikeouts accumulating on the offensive side.

Strikeouts are haunting the Brewers

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Those of us who are Brewers fans knew that this season was not going to end with a divisional title. I think what most of us hoped for was a competitive team that showed glimpses of what may be coming down the road… young, exciting players who could turn the fortunes of the franchise around in a few years. In many respects, I think the team has done just that.

There is, however, a disturbing element of the Brewers’ game that needs to be addressed: strikeouts, and I don’t mean when a Brewers pitcher is on the mound. The Brewers bats are striking out way too much.

Let’s throw the statistical lens down and see what the numbers show.

First, consider these two stats:

  • The Brewers rank dead last in most games played this season where the team’s batters struck out five times or less. The Brewers have had only five such games in 2016. The Los Angeles Angels rank first with 45 games. In fact, 23 of the 30 MLB teams have played at least 15 or more games where their batters struck out five or fewer times in a contest.
  • Not surprisingly, the Brewers rank first this season with 47 games where their batters have struck out 10 times or more.

The team seems to have a pretty distinctive line this season of when they win and when they lose based on the number of times their batters were struck out in a game… the Brew Crew is 16-16 (.500) when the team’s batters strike out eight times or less in a game; they are 24-38 (.387) when they strike out nine or more times in a game.

The team issue with strikeouts is obviously having an effect on several individual players. First-year first baseman Chris Carter leads the team with 22 HRs and 54 RBI, although his batting average is a paltry .220. Carter also leads the team in strikeouts with 124. He is on a pace to exceed 30 homers for the season, but he is also on pace to eclipse the 150-strikeout mark in the season. He would become the seventh Brewers player in team history to have 30+ home runs and 150+ strikeouts in the same season if he continues at this pace.

Here’s a look at the Brewers batters who reached 30 HR and 150 K in a season.

Season, player, home runs-strikeouts 1979: Gorman Thomas, 45-175 1980: Gorman Thomas, 38-170 1986: Rob Deer, 33-179 1998: Jeromy Burnitz, 38-158 2001: Richie Sexson, 45-178 2001: Jeromy Burnitz, 34-150 2003: Richie Sexson, 45-151 2006: Bill Hall, 35-162 2012: Corey Hart, 30-151

Another Brewers first-year player, Jonathan Villar, has been a pleasant surprise with a .299 batting average, a .383 on-base percentage that leads the team and stellar play at shortstop… not to mention that he leads the league in stolen bases with 34. Strikeouts, however, have been an issue for Villar. He has 103 for the season.

Villar is on a pace to get very close to 50 stolen bases for the year and 150 strikeouts. No Brewers player has ever reached these two numbers in the same season. In fact, only two players in MLB history have ever had 50 or more steals in a season and 150 or more strikeouts. The two: Delino DeShields (56 steals-151 strikeouts for Montreal in 1991) and Juan Samuel (72 steals-168 strikeouts for Philadelphia in 1984). Could Villar become the third member of this unique club?

No doubt the Brewers are headed in the right direction. They need, however, to figure out a way to lessen the number of strikeouts accumulating on the offensive side.