Something has to give when the Brewers host the Braves for a three-game series beginning Monday at Miller Park.
The Brewers are 4-8 at home but 11-8 on the road. The Braves are 5-14 on the road including their Sunday loss at Philadelphia, but 8-4 at home.
Maybe Ryan Braun has something to do with the Brewers’ home woes this year. For the second straight season, Braun has been better on the road. Entering Sunday’s finale in Arizona, he was hitting .444 (32-for-72) on the road with five home runs, 24 RBIs and a 1.307 OPS. At Miller Park, he is hitting .245 (12-for-49) with one homer, four RBIs and a .689 OPS in six fewer games.
As a team, the Brewers rank 20th of the 30 Major League teams with a .750 OPS in home games. Entering Sunday’s road trip finale, they led the Majors with an .845 OPS away from home.
“That’s what makes baseball interesting, you have all these statistics,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said.
Perhaps Braun’s relative struggles at home have something to do with the difficult day game conditions at Miller Park, where light streaming through the banks of windows flanking the foul lines causes glare that hinders hitters. The Brewers painted the center field batter’s eye this year to reduce the effect, but the shadows remain.
The Brewers headed home Sunday night after a 6-1 win over the D-backs and riding a hot streak. After losing three of four games in San Diego to start the trip, and being shut out in all three of those losses, they averaged 8.5 runs the rest of the way and took two of three from the Dodgers before sweeping the D-backs.