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Today’s Sportstat: March 2, 2019

Who’s on first… for the Brewers on Opening Day?

If you are a diehard Brewers fan, you may find it hard to believe the following stat.

Did you know…

… from 2011-18, eight straight seasons, the Brewers have had a different starting first baseman on Opening Day. Yes, the Brew Crew’s Opening Day lineup has featured a different starter at first base for the last eight consecutive seasons.

Go back to 2011; Prince Fielder was the starting first baseman that season, the sixth straight year he was the Opening Day starting first baseman for the Brewers. After that, however, the Opening Day starting first basemen has looked like this…

2012: Mat Gamel

2013: Alex Gonzalez

2014: Lyle Overbay

2015: Adam Lind

2016: Chris Carter

2017: Eric Thames

2018: Ryan Braun

Conventional wisdom is that Jesus Aguilar, last year’s regular at first base for the Crew, will hold that spot on Opening Day in 2019… that is baring any injury that would prevent him from that honor.

So… if Aguilar mans the first base spot on Opening Day in late March this season, we could see yet another different first baseman on Opening Day for the Brewers, the ninth straight year that has happened.

Prior to this season, that longest stretch where the Brewers had a different Opening Day starting first baseman was 1998-2001. John Jaha was the Opening Day starter at first in 1998; the following year it was Sean Berry, followed by Kevin Barker in 2000 and Richie Sexson in 2001.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: February 11, 2019

Players with the most games in a Brewers uniform

Let’s start with a quick quiz:

There have been 12 players who have played in 1,000 or more games with the Brewers. Can you name them? (The answer will appear towards the bottom of this article… don’t cheat; try to name the 12 before you continue reading the rest of this article.)

Before we get to the 12, did you know that Prince Fielder fell just two games short of having played in 1,000 games with the Milwaukee Brewers? Fielder ended his career with the Brewers with 998 games played. He is one of four players who played in 900 games with the team but fell short of the 1,000-game milestone. The four:

Prince Fielder, 998 games with the Brewers
Jeff Cirillo, 978 games with the Brewers
Corey Hart, 945 games with the Brewers
Greg Vaughn, 903 games with the Brewers.

As you might expect, there are no pitchers on the list of the players with 1,000 or more games in a Brewers uniform. There are, however, four pitchers who appeared in 300 or more games with the Brewers: Dan Plesac (365), Jim Slaton (364), Bob McClure (352) and Chuck Crim (332).

Current Brewers reliever Jerremy Jeffress is the active pitcher with the most games with the team, 253. That puts him in a tie for 11th place with Bill Wegman on the all-time list for most appearances by a Brewers pitcher.

Ryan Braun is the active player on the Brewers roster who has played in the most games for the team. He ranks fourth on the all-time list with 1,583 games played for the Brew Crew. Do you know which player on the current roster is second in this category with 481 games played with the Brewers? (Answer at the bottom of the article.)

As you might expect, Robin Yount tops the list with 2,856 games played for the Brewers. Following are the 12 played who have played in 1,000 or more games in a Brewers uniform.

Robin Yount, 2,856
Paul Molitor, 1,856
Jim Gantner, 1,801
Ryan Braun, 1,583
Cecil Cooper, 1,490
Charlie Moore, 1,283
Geoff Jenkins, 1,234
Don Money, 1,196
Ben Oglivie, 1,149
Rickie Weeks, 1,142
Gorman Thomas, 1,103
B.J. Surhoff, 1,102

Hernan Perez ranks second behind Braun in most games played by an active Brewers player; he has appeared in 481 games with the team.

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Today’s Sports Stat: October 11, 2018

TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-October 11, 2018

This is the fifth year in the Milwaukee Brewers 50-year franchise history (one year in Seattle as the Pilots, 49 seasons in Milwaukee) that they have made the playoffs. The National League Championship Series (NLCS) versus the Los Angeles Dodgers is the eighth different playoff series the team has played in those 50 seasons: they played in one post-season series in 1981, two in 1982, one in 2008, two in 2011, and face the Dodgers in their second playoff series of 2018.

Here are several stats about the past history of the Brewers in the playoffs and some stats about Brewers players in the post-season.

  • The Brewers have never won a Game 6 or a Game 7 in the playoffs in their history. They are 4-3 in Game Ones; 2-5 in Game Twos; 4-3 in Game Threes; 4-2 in Game Fours; 3-2 in Game Fives; 0-2 in Game Sixes; and 0-1 in Game Sevens.
  • The team has a playoff record of 17-18 (through the 2018 Colorado series). They are 12-6 (.667 winning percentage) at home and 5-12 (.294) in road playoff contests.
  • The Brewers are 6-8 after a loss in the playoffs… 7-7 after a win.
  • If the Brewers have lost two straight games in a playoff series, they are 6-0 in the next game after a two-game playoff losing streak. If they have won two straight in a playoff series, the Brew Crew is 2-3 in the next game.
  • Milwaukee is 5-2 in their first home game of a playoff series.
  • The Brewers have won three playoff series in their history (1982, 2011 and 2018) and have lost four series (1981, 1982, 2008 and 2011).
  • Ryan Braun holds the Brewers team record for most career post-season hits with 27. He is followed by Robin Yount (22), Paul Molitor (22), Charlie Moore (17), Cecil Cooper (15) and Jerry Hairston (15). How many of you had Hairston on this list?
  • Prince Fielder has the most career HRs in the post-season for Milwaukee with four. Molitor and Ted Simmons follow with three each, and Braun, Corey Hart, Ben Oglivie, Gorman Thomas and Rickie Weeks (two each) are the only other Brewers players to have two or more career post-season home runs for the club.
  • Cooper tops the list with 13 career post-season RBI for the Brewers. The only other Brewer with 10 or more is Braun with 12.
  • Mike Caldwell is the only Brew Crew pitcher to win more than one post-season game for the Brewers.
  • Shaun Marcum is the only Brewers pitcher to lose three or more post-season games for the Brew Crew. He was 0-3.
  • John Axford (3), Bob McClure (2) and Pete Ladd (2) are the only relief pitchers to have more than one save for the Brewers in the post season.
  • Yovani Galardo leads the Brewers pitching staff with the most career post season strikeouts with 20. He is followed by Pete Vukovich (16), Don Sutton (140, Zack Greinke (13) and Chris Narveson (13).

 

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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 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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