Here’s a trio of baseball stats for today:
- Brewers’ fans may notice a couple of familiar names atop the American League RBI list. Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are 1-2 in RBIs in the A.L.; both made their MLB debuts as Brewers. Cruz, who is now with the Seattle Mariners, leads the A.L. in ribbies with 96. He made his debut with the Brewers in 2005 playing eight games and going one-for-five. He was traded in 2006 to Texas along with Carlos Lee for Francisco Cordero, Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix and a minor leaguer. Davis, who is with Oakland, has 86 RBIs this season. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2013. He had 60 HRs and 160 RBIs for the Brew Crew in three seasons before his trade to Oakland in 2016 for a pair of minor leaguers.
- It appears that Houston second baseman Jose Altuve will win his third A.L. batting crown this year. He is hitting .362 this season, 42 points higher than his closest competitor. If he wins the A.L. batting title this season, he would become the 12th player to win three or more batting titles in the A.L. The others: Wade Boggs, George Brett, Miguel Cabrera, Rod Carew, Ty Cobb, Harry Heilmann, Nap Lajoie, Joe Mauer, Tony Oliva, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Of the 11 players listed above, all are in the Hall of Fame except active players Cabrera and Mauer, and Oliva. It’s interesting to note that the last player other than Altuve and Cabrera to win the A.L. batting title was Josh Hamilton in 2010.
- The Brewers had the day off yesterday and begin a road trip out west to take on three N.L. West opponents (Colorado, San Francisco and Los Angeles). The Brewers are 8-4 this season in games following a day off… that’s the good news. As the road team against N.L. West opponents, the Brew Crew is 4-3 this season. In the past two seasons the Brewers were 5-11 in 2016 and 6-10 in 2015 as visitors versus N.L. West teams… the not-so-good news for this upcoming road trip.
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis hit 10 home runs in the month of August. He was one of seven MLB players to hit 10 or more in the month, but he was also one of two players named Khris/Chris Davis to reach that number in the month… Baltimore’s Chris Davis also had 10 home runs in August.
Davis (Khris that is) became the 16th Brewers player in the team’s history to hit 10 or more home runs in a month. The last Milwaukee player to do so was Prince Fielder who had 10 in June of 2011. Fielder was also the last Brewer to have 10 or more in the month of August; he had 11 in August of 2009.
Fielder is also the team career leader in most months with 10-plus HRs with six. Ryan Braun and Gorman Thomas are tied for second with three months with 10-plus HRs. Here’s a look at the Brewers players who have had 10 or more home runs in a month.
6: Prince Fielder
3: Ryan Braun, Gorman Thomas
2: Carlos Lee
1: Jeromy Burnitz, Cecil Cooper, Khris Davis, Rob Deer, Tommy Harper, Corey Hart, John Jaha, Sixto Lezcano, Dave Nilsson, Ben Oglivie, Richie Sexson, Greg Vaughn
Fielder also holds the team record for most regular season HRs in a month with 13. He did that in May of 2007. The other by-month leaders for the Brewers: April (Braun and Lee, 10); May (Fielder, 13); June (Vaughn and Burnitz, 12); July (Braun, 11); August (Thomas, 12); September (Sexson, 12).
The MLB record for most regular season HRs in a month is 20 by Sammy Sosa in June, 1998. The by-month MLB leaders:
April: Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez, 14
May: Barry Bonds, 17
June: Sosa, 20
July: Albert Belle and Mark McGwire, 16
August: Rudy York, 18
September/October: Babe Ruth, Albert Belle, 17
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