Brewers hot streak by the numbers
Normally on a day Cliff Lee takes the mound, one says something like, “Team X has its hands full tonight.”
Tonight, it might be the other way around.
Lee may have his hands full at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday when he faces a Brewers offense that has turned things around in a big way since scoring four total runs while losing two of three to the Braves in Milwaukee’s opening series. In their first five road games at Boston and Philadelphia entering tonight, the Brewers are a perfect 5-0 while putting up some promising numbers at the plate and on the mound:
– On the trip, the Brewers have scored 36 runs on 67 hits while batting .321 as a team. In the first two games in Philadelphia, they have 19 runs on 27 hits, including 13 extra-base hits. Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy have at least one hit in every game on the trip. Davis is 10-for-24 and Lucroy is 8-for-21 in that span. Aramis Ramirez has a hit and an RBI in all but one of those five games.
– Brewers radio man Joe Block points out that the last time the Brewers went without a hit in an inning was the sixth inning on Sunday in Boston. Since then, they have a hit in 21 consecutive innings, which, according to Elias, is a franchise record. The previous club mark was 18 innings in May 1972. The streak is the longest in the Majors since the Yankees had a hit in 22 consecutive innings in May 2009.
– The Brewers have a Major League-best 1.95 ERA this season (74 innings, 16 earned runs) while opponents are batting .207 (56-for-270). Brewers relievers have been especially good, with a Major League-best 1.09 ERA this season (24 2/3 innings, three earned runs) with opponents batting .165 (14-for-85).
– Even though Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza had to grind through their starts in Philly, the Brewers’ starting five still ranks fifth in baseball with a 2.37 ERA, and no pitcher on the team has surrendered more than three earned runs in a single outing. They are keeping the team in games.
– Thanks to this trip, the Brewers are the No. 1 team in MLB in run differential as of today at plus 18, as pointed out by Buster Olney of ESPN.
– Brewers PR man Mike Vassallo says the Brewers have not won six in a row on the road in a single season since a franchise-record 9 straight from July 18-Aug. 2, 2008, when CC Sabathia was just introducing himself to Brewers fans.
– Paul Imig of FSWisconsin.com says the Brewers are 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1987, when Team Streak started the season 7-0 away from County Stadium on the way to an American League-record 13-0 start over all.
– And Kyle Lobner of Milwaukee Magazine’s Frosty Mug (yes, it has a new home, and you should make it part of your daily reading) points out that the Brewers have sole possession of first place in the National League Central for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
Follow me on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy