It’s getting uglier and uglier for the Brew Crew.
On a night the Cardinals may have lost their ace to a torn Achilles the Brewers still couldn’t manage a victory, falling 5-3 to visiting St. Louis on Saturday at Miller Park. Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in the top of the second and Matt Holliday belted a three-run bomb in the seventh as the Cardinals moved to 12-4 on the young season with a +28 run differential.
Milwaukee fell to 3-15 with a -50 run differential.
Both marks are the worst in the majors — by far.
Ryan Braun, who’s still owed $113 million, is batting just .230/.277/.279 through 65 plate appearances. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday night’s loss. Milwaukee will try to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday. If the Brewers do get swept, you’d have to wonder if manager Ron Roenicke is going to be on the team flight to Cincinnati afterward.
Your box scores from Saturday …
Indians 1, Tigers 4
Nationals 0, Marlins 8
Astros 9, Athletics 3
Mets 8, Yankees 2
Braves 5, Phillies 2
Blue Jays 2, Rays 4
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Red Sox 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
Rangers 1, Angels 4
Dodgers 11, Padres 8
Twins 8, Mariners 5
Giants 5, Rockies 4 (11 innings)
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will find himself in a new position against the Pirates on Saturday night, not in the field, but in the starting lineup. He’ll be leading off for the first time in his nine-year major league career, per the Brewers on Twitter.
Braun has hit everywhere else in the lineup in his career. He’s taken 223 plate appearances batting second, 4,161 PA batting third, 254 batting fourth, 68 batting fifth, and a combined 13 PA in the bottom four spots.
The 31-year-old is off to a slow start this season, carrying a .226/.250/.226 triple-slash line with zero extra-base hits and two RBI in 32 plate appearances.
In preparation for 23-year-old Cubs uber-prospect Kris Bryant’s long-awaited MLB debut this afternoon let’s all just stare at his final minor-league numbers, which were compiled in 181 total games spent mostly at Double-A and Triple-A:
– .327 batting average
– .426 on-base percentage
– .667 slugging percentage
– 55 home runs
– 49 doubles
– 107 extra-base hits
– 152 RBIs
– 147 runs scored
– 18 stolen bases
– 99 walks
– 206 strikeouts
For those curious, here are the highest OPS totals by a 23-year-old third baseman since 1960:
1.008 – Troy Glaus, 2000
1.004 – Ryan Braun, 2007
.998 – Miguel Cabrera, 2006
.965 – Gary Sheffield, 1992
.923 – Scott Rolen, 1998
.912 – David Wright, 2006
.889 – Evan Longoria, 2009
.885 – Aramis Ramirez, 2001
.878 – Eric Chavez, 2001
.870 – Dick Allen, 1965
Based on the incredible hype attached to Bryant a lot of people will probably be disappointed if he turns into, say, the next Troy Glaus instead of the next Mike Schmidt, but either way I’m just glad to have all the hot takes about service time manipulation put away until the next great prospect is ready for a call-up.
My gut-feel prediction for Bryant’s career is that he’ll hit for crazy power, post good but not great batting averages because of high strikeout rates, and make 10 or so All-Star teams.
Ryan Braun had to be pulled from Monday’s season-opener against the Rockies after tweaking a muscle in his rib cage while extending to make a catch in right field. He sat out last night too. He’s now going to miss one more day, as Ron Roenicke has kept him out of the lineup for tonight’s game.
The Brewers have an off day tomorrow, so keeping him out today gives him three full days off in a row. Makes sense. He should be back in Friday. Until then, Gerardo Parra is in right field once again.