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Today’s Sports Stats: March 13, 2018

Can Chase Anderson end an “ugly” trend that has affected the Milwaukee Brewers over the past four seasons?

It was announced yesterday that Anderson will be the Opening Day starting pitcher for the Brew Crew this season. It is certainly an honor that Anderson deserves.

The problem, however, is that Brewers’ Opening Day starting pitchers over the last four seasons have gone on to have less-than-stellar seasons in the year they started Game One.

Anderson is the fifth different Opening Day starting pitcher for the Brewers in the last five years. The others: Yovani Gallardo (2014), Kyle Lohse (2015), Wily Peralta (2016) and Junior Guerra (2017).

The trend is that these last four pitchers mentioned in the previous paragraph had losing records that season they got the nod to start Opening Day: Gallardo went 8-11 in 2014; Lohse was 5-13 in 2015; Peralta ended 2016 at 7-11; and last year, Guerra ended the year with a 1-4 record. Needless to say, the Brewers are hopeful that Anderson can break this disturbing trend.

Looking back to the 18 Opening Day starting pitchers for the Brewers since 2000, there were only seven seasons where the Opening Day starting pitcher ended the year with a winning record. Gallardo was the O.D. starter each year from 2010-2013 and ended each of those four years with winning records. Ben Sheets was the team’s O.D. starter in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and ended those three years with more wins than losses. (Note: Doug Davis was the starter in 2006 and ended that year with an 11-11 record.)

The Brewers since 2000 have started nine different Opening Day starting pitchers…

Steve Woodard, 2000
Jamey Wright, 2001
Ben Sheets, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Doug Davis, 2006
Jeff Suppan, 2009
Yovani Gallardo, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Kyle Lohse, 2015
Wily Peralta, 2016
Junior Guerra, 2017

The above nine pitchers went a combined 179-183 in the years they were the O.D. starting pitcher for the Brewers, a .494 winning percentage. The best season of the O.D. starters since 2000 was Sheets in 2007; he was the O.D. starter that year and ended the season with a 12-5 record (.706 winning percentage). The worst was Steve Woodard in 2000; he was the O.D. starter in 2000 and ended that year with a 1-7 (.125 winning percentage) for the Brewers.


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Today’s Sports Stat: February 21, 2018

If you follow baseball, specifically, Major League Baseball, you know that complete games are a dying stat in the game. Consider this: Last year there were three teams, Atlanta, the White Sox and Tampa Bay, that did not have one single complete game by their pitching staff.

Since the 2010 season, there have been 13 teams that went a whole season without a complete game; there were three teams last season, four in 2016, three in 2015, two in 2012, and one team in 2011.

Since the 2010 campaign, the Philadelphia Phillies have the most complete games with 51 in those eight seasons. At the bottom end of this list are the Milwaukee Brewers with only 13 complete games since 2010.

Here are the six teams with 20 or fewer total complete games by their pitching staffs from 2010-17.



17-San Diego

20-Atlanta, Colorado, Pittsburgh


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Today’s Sports Stat: February 17, 2018

How many games must a team win in baseball to reach the playoffs?

Over the past six seasons (since the 2012 season), Major League Baseball has used a playoff format where five teams from each league reach the post-season… three divisional winners and two Wild Card teams.

In the past six years, there have been 76 MLB teams that have won 85 or more games in a season. Of those 76, 60 made the playoffs, 78.9%. That means that 16 teams won 85 or more games in the past six seasons but did not make the playoffs. Topping that list are the Texas Rangers who won 91 games in 2013 but did not make the playoffs.

Last season, the Milwaukee Brewers were the only team to win 85 or more games (they won 86) that did not make the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the 16 teams that missed the post-season since 2012 with 85 or more wins in the regular season that campaign.

2012-Tampa Bay, 90; L.A. Angels, 89; L.A. Dodgers, 86; Chicago White Sox, 85

2013-Texas, 91; Kansas City, 86; Washington, 86; Baltimore, 85; N.Y. Yankees, 85

2014-Seattle, 87; Cleveland, 85

2015-L.A. Angels, 85

2016-Detroit, 86; St. Louis, 86; Seattle, 86

2017-Milwaukee, 86


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Today’s Sports Stat: February 13, 2018

“Just put the ball in play… make something happen.”

The above lament was a comment I heard many times over the course of my baseball playing days. The premise was simple: Putting the ball in play is better than striking out. You never know what can happen when you hit the ball… there could be a hit, a fielding error, etc. It’s pretty seldom that you reach base when you strike out.

Let’s throw some numbers on the above theory:

Major League teams last season were 612-936 (.395 winning percentage) when their hitters struck out 10 or more times in a game. The Tampa Bay Rays led the majors with 81 games (exactly half of their games in 2017) where their line-up struck out 10 or more times in a contest. The Milwaukee Brewers led the National League teams in this stat; their hitters struck out 10 or more times in 80 games. (For Brewers fans, the Brew Crew went 32-48, a.400 winning percentage, in those games.)

It’s interesting to note that last year’s World Series champs, the Houston Astros, had the fewest number of games with 10 or more strikeouts in 2017 with 21. Coincidence?

Here is the number of games each MLB team struck out 10 or more times last season.

81-Tampa Bay


67-Arizona, Colorado
66-San Diego
62-Chicago White Sox

59-Chicago Cubs
55-L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees
52-St. Louis

43-N.Y. Mets

39-Boston, Pittsburgh
36-L.A. Angels
35-San Francisco
32-Atlanta, Kansas City



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Today’s Sports Stat-August 31, 2017

The Brewers will enter the month of September anywhere from 2.5 to 4.5 games behind the Cubs in the N.L. Central pennant race and anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the last Wild Card spot. How they play this final month will determine whether or not they are one of the five N.L. teams in the post-season.

So how have the Brewers played in previous Septembers? Here are six stats you may not know about the Brewers in September (for the sake of this article, September and October regular season games are included together).

  1. The Brewers best September was in 1992 when they went 22-9 (.710 winning percentage). The 22 wins and .710 winning percentage are both team records for September.
  2. The Brew Crew won 20 or more games in September four times… in ’92, as mentioned above, and they won 21 in 1987 and 1991, and had 20 victories in September in 2012.
  3. Milwaukee was over .500 in September in only 20 of their 47 seasons in franchise history.
  4. The fewest wins in September was seven in 1995; the teams ended that month 7-21 (a .250 winning percentage). That .250 percentage, however, is not the lowest September winning percentage in team history… the Brewers went 8-26 in 1976, a .235 winning percentage.
  5. The Brewers were 16-13 (.552) in September last season, but the previous two seasons (2014 and 2015) were not as kind to the team. They were 13-19 in September 2015 and only 9-17 in September 2014. That’s a 38-49 record (.437) in September games over the past three campaigns.
  6. The Brewers have had six seasons where they were .600 or better in September. In five of those six seasons, the pitching staff’s ERA was under 3.50 that month. Of the 15 seasons where the Brewers’ pitching staff ERA was under 3.50 in September, the team played above .500 in the month in 10 of those 15 seasons.