The Brewers’ offense was supposed to be good, but I don’t think that anyone saw this type of offensive outburst coming. Not only have the Brewers gotten MVP-type contributions from players like Jon Lucroy and Carlos Gomez, but everyone from top to bottom has helped produce offensively. Through their first 76 games, they are not only at the top of the standings, tied for the most wins in all of baseball, but they are near the top in almost every offensive category. Here is a look at some of the amazing numbers that they have posted throughout the year.
Not only is Scooter Gennett hitting .310, but he has been on fire in the leadoff spot. In nine games at the top of the lineup this year, he has batted .450 with a .476 on-base percentage. He has found comfort in the position by working counts and spoiling off pitchers pitches. Having a pest like him at the top of the lineup has helped to knock starters out of the game early and allowed Gennett to be a run scoring machine.
During the early portion of the season it was easy to see that Khris Davis was pressing. Feeling that he needed to replace Nori Aoki and being in an everyday major league lineup for the first time was difficult. But, as the season has moved towards the summer Davis’ bat has caught fire. Through his last 45 games he has pounded ten homeruns and has slugged among the league leaders. He has also seen his average spike by over 40 points. Against lefties, he has been a force launching six homeruns and having a .358 batting average in his 71 at-bats against them.
First Base Platoon
Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay are not at points in their careers where either is going to bat .300, but they are still able to be effective contributors in the lower portion of the Brewers order. While strikeouts are expected, combined they have hit 16 homeruns and driven in 51 runs. Reynolds has also been one of the more clutch hitters on the team, often coming up big with runners in scoring position.
Rickie Weeks Production
After being the incumbent second baseman for a decade, Rickie Weeks has had to adapt to his new role as a platoon player. While he had early struggles coming off the bench, Weeks has produced enough to make the platoon effective. Mostly seeing at-bats against left-handed pitchers, Weeks has batted .273 through his 114 at-bats and still provides the club with a power bat off the bench. With eight pinch hits this season, he has been able to come up big in giant situations.
Gomez Going in Every Role
Throughout the entire season, Carlos Gomez has provided MVP-type numbers. Not only can he hit for power and run, but he is hitting for the highest average in his career, too. He began the year as a slugging leadoff hitter, who launched 10 homeruns from the spot and batted .298. Now he is currently in a more comfortable role of cleanup hitter for the team. Since moving to cleanup, Gomez has been even stronger with a .349 batting average and a .400 on-base percentage through his first 26 games. With a .317 batting average, 12 homeruns, and 11 stolen bases, he has become one of the most complete players in baseball.
Locked in Luc
Of all the catchers in baseball, Jon Lucroy has been the best at the plate this season. He leads catchers in batting average, hits, doubles, runs, slugging percentage, and OPS and he has been the heart and soul of the Brewers lineup. Often when they have needed a big hit, it has come from Lucroy. Numbers like his .331 batting average and 26 doubles not only lead catchers, but are among the best in the National League.
The entire lineup has produced for Milwaukee this season. Six players have hit eight or more homeruns. Nine players have over 20 RBIs and six have over 30. Eight players have scored over 20 runs. When a lineup produces like this, a team is hard to beat. If the lineup can continue to fire on all cylinders, they are going to remain a force long into October.
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