Mattingly says Braun will be pitched differently

The Brewers have been trying to downplay the idea that Ryan Braun will be pitched differently in 2012, now that Aramis Ramirez is hitting behind him and Prince Fielder is hitting for Detroit. Here’s a dissenting opinion from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who started with some high praise of Braun:

“He’s flat-out dangerous,” Mattingly said. “He hits like Matt [Kemp]. He gets on base, he steals bags. It seems like he gets you at big moments. Last year, we tried to say those guys [Braun and Fielder] aren’t beating us.

“I think he’s going to get pitched differently this year. He had two intentional walks last year. That’s going to change. The guy behind him is an RBI guy, but not Prince.”


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