According to STATS…
While the Brewers coaching staff flies in formation around the Dodger Stadium warning track (bench coach Willie Randolph is walking clockwise and manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Bill Castro are running/walking in the opposite direction) I thought I’d pass along some tidbits from STATS, Inc. The good folks there send statistical facts and figures throughout the season, and today they included a couple of Brewers items of note.
For those fans who crushed Ned Yost for constantly juggling the lineup, here’s an interesting one: According to STATS, only seven big league teams used the same lineup as many as 10 times in 2008 and Ned Yost and Dale Sveum used three different batting orders 10 or more times. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was the only other skipper to use more than one lineup at least 10 times (twice), and he called on his favorite in a Major League-high 19 games.
On the other hand, eight teams never used the same batting order more than five times in 2008. They were the Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, City Royals, Athletics, Cardinals and Blue Jays. The Royals never used the same lineup more than three times all season; the others all used their most common lineups five times.
One other Brewers item: Last season, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun collected 39 doubles, seven triples and 37 home runs to lead the Major Leagues with 83 extra-base hits. The American League leader was the Orioles’ Aubrey Huff with 82, including 48 doubles and 32 homers. The only other big leaguers with as many as 80 extra-base hits last season were Cardinals: Albert Pujols (81) and Ryan Ludwick (80).