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Today’s Sportstat: September 2, 2019

Brewers may need a 20-win September to reach playoffs this season

The Milwaukee Brewers got off to a good start in the last month of the 2019 season with a 4-0 shutout of the Chicago Cubs on September 1. The Brew Crew remains three games behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot and a return to the post-season.

The Brewers will need an outstanding September to make the playoffs this year. With 27 games in the month, the Crew may need to put together a 20-win month to take one of the two Wild Card spots in the National League (or even overtake the Cards and Cubs and win the N.L. Central).

Fortunately for the Brewers, September has been a good month for the team over the past three seasons. In fact, they have the third-best September record in the majors over the past three seasons (2016-18) and have the best winning percentage of all National League teams over that same period. The Brewers had a .619 winning percentage in September games from 2016-18.

Here’s a look at the September/October regular season winning percentages for each of the 30 MLB teams over the past three seasons.

Cleveland .667, Houston .647, Milwaukee .619, Boston .614, Chicago Cubs, .609

New York Yankees .581, Washington .565, Los Angeles Dodgers .563, New York Mets .558, Atlanta .547, Oakland .536, Seattle .524, Tampa Bay .518, Colorado .517, St. Louis .512

Kansas City .483, Los Angeles Angels .476, Minnesota .465, Pittsburgh .464, Toronto .459, Arizona .452, San Diego .440, Chicago White Sox .437, Texas .429, Philadelphia .407, Cincinnati .400

Miami .398, San Francisco .378, Baltimore .369, Detroit .353.

The Brewers pitching staff started September on a high note as four pitchers combined to shutout the Cubs on September 1. It’s interesting to note that the Brewers pitching staff had the best ERA of all 30 teams in September/October regular season games in the past three seasons. The Crew’s pitching staff ERA was 3.19. The Cleveland Indians staff was second at 3.25. The Brewers pitching staff also allowed the fewest HRs and opponents’ batting average was the fifth lowest in the majors in September/October regular season games from 2016-18..

Can this year’s much-maligned pitching staff rise to the occasion in this season’s final month?

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 29, 2019

Back-to-back post-season appearances have been rare for the Brewers

Before reading the rest of this article, see if you can answer this trivia question: Of the current 30 baseball franchises, can you name the two that have never played in the post-season in back-to-back seasons? (The answer is contained in the article.)

Brewers’ fans certainly enjoyed the team’s pennant run last season that ended one game short of an appearance in the World Series. Sitting here on the morning of August 29, the Brewers have a lot of work to do if they want to get back to the post season… they are 5½ games behind the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central, and are 3½ games out of the second Wild Card spot in the N.L.

Making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons has not happened very frequently for the Brew Crew. In fact, the team’s only back-to-back post-season appearance was back in 1981 and 1982; and that was when the franchise played in the American League, meaning the National League version of the Brewers has never played in the post season in back-to-back seasons.

Of teams that have played in the post season in back-to-back seasons, the Brewers have the longest drought for repeating that accomplishment. There are, however, two current MLB franchises that have never played in the post season in back-to-back years. It’s not surprising that Miami, which began as a MLB franchise in 1993, is one of those teams. What is surprising is the other team: the Chicago White Sox. Think of this, the White Sox began as a MLB franchise in 1901 and have never played in the post season in back-to-back years.

Here’s a breakdown of the last time each of the 30 MLB franchises played in the post season in back-to-back seasons.

Never: Chicago White Sox, Miami

1982: Milwaukee (as members of the American League)

1997: Baltimore

2001: Seattle

2002: Arizona

2003: San Francisco

2006: San Diego

2009: Los Angeles Angels

2010: Minnesota

2011: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

2013: Atlanta, Cincinnati

2014: Detroit, Oakland

2015: Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis

2016: New York Mets, Texas, Toronto

2017: Washington

2018: Boston, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, Colorado, Houston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 22, 2019

Ryan Braun looking for his 10th 20-HR season

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is the franchise leader with 340 career home runs. This season, through games of August 21, Braun has hit 18 home runs.

Braun needs two more HRs this season for his 10th 20-HR season in his career. If he reaches 20 homers this season, he will become the 98th player in MLB history to have 10 seasons with 20 or more home runs. (For what it is worth, 37 of the 97 players in baseball history who have hit 20 or more home runs in 10 or more seasons are in the baseball Hall of Fame.)

Braun’s nine seasons with 20 or more HRs with the Brewers is the team record. Here is a look at the Brewers players with the most 20-HR seasons with the team.

9-Ryan Braun
7-Geoff Jenkins
6-Prince Fielder
5-Corey Hart, Jeromy Burnitz, Rob Deer, Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper
4-Greg Vaughn, Robin Yount

Hank Aaron holds the MLB record for most seasons with 20 or more home runs with 20. Following are the 17 players who have hit 20+ HRs in a season in 15 or more seasons.

20-Hank Aaron

19-Barry Bonds

17-Frank Robinson, Willie Mays

16-Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Eddie Murray, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth

15-David Ortiz, Ken Griffey, Jr., Fred McGriff, Dave Winfield, Willie Stargell, Mel Ott.

Albert Pujols is the active leader in this category with 16 seasons with 20+ HRs. He does, however, have 19 HRs this season through games of August 21 and should jump into the Top 5 in this category with one more homer this season.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 19, 2019

The high and low of giving up 14 or more runs in a game

Let’s be honest… the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff had a rough weekend. In two games on Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18 against the Washington Nationals, the Brewers pitching staff gave up 14 runs in one game and 16 in the other. What makes this all the more interesting is that the Brewers did not lose both games; they split these two games with the Nats.

On Saturday the Brewers needed 14 innings to win 15-14 over the Nationals. On Sunday, Washington got off to a 13-0 lead and eventually won the game 16-8.

In the 15-14 win, Eric Thames hit a two-run HR in the 14th inning to put the Brew Crew up 15-13. It was the team’s seventh HR in the contest, tying a club record. The Brewers became the first team since 2008 to win a game where they allowed the opposition to score 14 or more runs. Back on September 2, 2008, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Florida Marlins 16-14.

There have been only 61 games since 1911 where a team won a game where their opponents scored 14 or more runs in a contest. It was the first time for the Brewers franchise. The Brew Crew is now 1-78 in games where they allow 14 or more runs in a game. It was also the fourth game this season that the Brewers allowed 14 or more runs in a game. The team record is six games in a season; they allowed 14 or more runs in six games in 1991.

Prior to Thames’ 14-inning HR, the Brewers had tallied 13 runs with six HRs. Teams that score 13 or more runs in a game with six or more home runs have won 197 of 200 games in MLB history. The three times when a team that scored 13 or more runs with six homers in a game were:

4-27-1965: Philadelphia, 6 HRs, 13 runs in a 14-13 loss to San Francisco

5-17-1979: Cubs, 6 HRs, 22 runs in a 23-22 loss to Philadelphia

6-30-1996: Dodgers, 6 HRs, 15 runs in a 16-15 loss to Colorado.

The Brewers finished that Saturday 15-14 win over Washington with 15 runs and seven home runs. Teams that have scored 15 or more runs in a game with seven or more home runs are now 50-0. There have already been six games this season in the majors where a team had 15 or more runs and seven HRs in a game. The previous MLB high for a season was four games.

One final note: In Sunday’s game, a 16-8 loss for the Brewers, the Brew Crew hit four HRs. In 2019, they have had 10 games where the team hit four or more home runs, compiling an 8-2 record in those games. The most games with four or more home runs in a season for the Brewers was in 1982 when they had 12 games with four or more home runs. They did it 11 times in 2012. They also had 10 games with four or more HRs in 1980. The Brewers are 145-33 (a .815 winning percentage) in their history in games where they hit four or more home runs.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 12, 2019

Brewers reliever Alex Claudio on pace to set team single-seaosn record for most games pitched

Back in 1971, Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Ken “Bulldog” Sanders led the American League with 83 games pitched. Those 83 games pitched has been the team record for more than four decades. Ray King fell one game short of the record in 2001 when he pitched in 82 games for the Brew Crew.

The record, however, may be seriously challenged this season if Brewers skipper Craig Counsell continues to use left-handed reliever Alex Claudio the way he has in the first 119 games of this season.

Through games of August 11, Claudio, who came to the Brewers last December in a trade with the Texas Rangers, has appeared in 63 games for the Brewers. He is on a pace to finish the season with 86 games pitched, which would surpass Sanders 48-year record for most games pitched in a season.

Claudio has been a workhorse over the past three seasons having appeared in 70 games for Texas in 2017 and 66 for the Rangers last season.

Here’s a look at the Brewers leaderboard of most games pitched in a season:

83-Ken Sanders, 1971
82-Ray King, 2001
78-Will Smith, 2014; Francisco Rodriguez, 2012; Todd Coffey, 2009
77-Derrick Turnbow, 2007
76-Five tied

The major league record for most games pitched in a season is 106 held by Mike Marshall. He pitched in 106 games for the Dodgers in 1974. Following are the nine times in MLB history where a pitcher appeared in 90 of more games in a season. Two pitchers, Mike Marshall and Kent Tekulve, did it three times each… Marshall did it with three different teams.

106-Mike Marshall, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1974
94-Salomon Torres, Pittsburgh, 2006
94-Kent Tekulve, Pittsburgh, 1979
92-Pedro Feliciano, New York Mets, 2010
92-Mike Marshall, Montreal, 1973
91-Kent Tekulve, Pittsburgh, 1978
90-Kent Tekulve, Philadelphia, 1987
90-Mike Marshall, Minnesota, 1979
90-Wayne Granger, Cincinnati, 1969

Claudio has now appeared in 60 or more games in three seasons in his career. While an impressive feat, consider this… Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees reliever (and all-time saves leader) and recent inductee to Baseball’s hall of Fame, appeared in 60 or more games in 15 different seasons, tops in baseball history. Mike Stanton is second on this list with 13 season with 60 or more appearances.

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