Brewers vs. Astros
To steal a famous line from Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck (who would not have enjoyed the last series), let me just say: “I can’t believe what I just saw!”
A 7-0 road trip, best in franchise history.
A four game sweep and three final at-bat wins in St. Louis, a franchise first.
Of the nine wins versus the Cardinals, Ryan Braun’s dramatic game winning homerun Thursday night was the sixth final at-bat victory against the Redbirds. The Crew leads MLB in that category with 19.
Ryan Braun has hits in eight consecutive official at-bats with one walk…giving him nine straight plate appearances on base. He is putting up MVP-type numbers with plenty of baseball left.
Entering the Astros series, Braun is among league leaders in a number of major National League categories: Total Bases (1st), Extra Base Hits (1st), HR (3rd), Hits (3rd), Triples (4th), RBI (6th), SLG % (6th), and has zero errors in LF with 6 outfield assists.
The Brewers have homered in 20 consecutive games (31 total), a franchise record.
Friday night begins a key seven game homestand versus the Astros and Cubs. All seven games are expected to be sellouts…way to go Milwuakee!
Some numbers to get you ready for Cecil Cooper’s Astros:
The Brewers have dominated their recent home contests against the Astros, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings between the clubs in Milwaukee.
The Brewers (59-43) are 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of 1992 season when they finished 92-70.
The Astros have committed just seven errors (the fewest in the majors since June 17) over their last 31 games.
The Astros have already stolen 89 bases this season, more than they stole all of 2006 (79) and 2007 (65).
Ryan Braun is hitting .352 (62/176) with 14 home runs against the NL Central this season.
Wandy Rodriguez has allowed just four earned runs in five games against divisional opponents this season.
Friday and Sunday’s game will be on FSN-HD. Saturday’s contest is on WMLW in Milwaukee. All three games will be produced by John Walsh, and directed by Michael Oddino. Brian Mikolajek will handle calorie intake.
Have a great weekend.