Thursday, September 15, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines: Milwaukee Brewers

Two teams heading in opposite directions (come October) meet this weekend at Great American Ball Park. With just under two weeks remaining in the regular season the Milwaukee Brewers look poised to capture the NL Central crown, meanwhile the defending division champion Reds find themselves looking for answers after a disppointing 2011 campaign.

With a lineup featuring MVP candidates Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, in addition to a strong pitching staff, the Brew Crew figure to be a darkhorse in this year's MLB playoffs. Can Joey Votto and the Reds slow down Milwaukee's momentum to October? We shall see.

Here's the full lowdown on those Brewers:

Season record: 87-63 (1st in NL Central)
Season record vs Reds: 6-8
Road record: 35-40
Last 10 games: 4-6
Manager: Ron Roenicke (1st year, 87-63)
2011 payroll: $85.50 million (16th in MLB)
Established: 1969 (as the "Seattle Pilots")

Notable MLB statistical ranks:
Runs - 13th (647)
HR - T-8th (162)
AVG - T-8th (.260)
Steals - 20th (88)
ERA - 7th (3.63)
Quality Starts - 5th (92)
BAA - T-6th (.242)
WHIP - 4th (1.24)
Errors - 21st (100)

Team leaders:
AVGRyan Braun (.329/2nd in NL)
HRPrince Fielder (32)
RBIPrince Fielder (109/3rd in NL)
Wins - Yovani Gallardo (16)
ERAShaun Marcum (3.25)
SavesJohn Axford (42/3rd in NL)

Other notables:
-The franchise played for one season in Seattle as the "Pilots' before moving to Milwaukee in 1970.
-The Brewers were members of the American League from 1969-1997 before joining the National League in 1998.
-Bernie Brewer, the team's popular mascot, was introduced during the 1973 season.
-The team has two playoff appearances in its history (1982, 2008).
-Overall record in 43 seasons is 3253-3568 (.477).

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