Brewers' Braun among MLB's top run producers in August

BY foxsports • August 22, 2016

The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun has been the team's best hitter this season, batting .318 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI.

The left fielder has been an especially prolific run producer in August, driving in 24 runs in 17 games. Only the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado ranks ahead of him for RBI on the month.

MLB Players -- Most RBI in August 2016

Nolan Arenado, Col 25
Ryan Braun, Mil 24
Brad Miller, TB 21
Jose Altuve, Hou 20
Mookie Betts, Bos 20
Brian Dozier, Min 20

Braun has been strong at Miller Park this season, where the Brewers play a three-game series vs. the Rockies beginning Monday, batting .324 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI there. He's been nearly as good on the road, however, batting .313 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI.

The 32-year-old Braun started the season especially strong, batting .333 in April and .364 in May. He cooled off in June and July, batting .296 with just three home runs, but has responded by hitting .302 with eight home runs in August.

Over his 10-year career, Braun has driven in at least 20 runs in a month 18 times. His most prolific run-producing month was September of his rookie season, 2007, when he drove in 29.

Ryan Braun -- Most RBI in a single month

September 2007 29
May 2015 28
June 2009 25
August 2009 25
July 2007 25
August 2016 24
September 2010 23
July 2008 23
August 2012 22
April 2011 22
September 2011 22
May 2008 22
April 2013 21
June 2011 21
June 2007 21
June 2014 20
September 2012 20
April 2010 20

Braun isn't the only Brewers play to surge in the second half of the 2016 season. Third baseman Hernan Perez has thrived in more regular playing time since the All-Star break, hitting .311 with seven home runs and 22 RBI over the stretch.

Hernan Perez, before and after All-Star break, 2016

  Pre-ASG Post-ASG
PA 146 142
Average 0.255 0.311
Home Runs 4 7
Runs 12 23
OPS 0.667 0.861

The Brewers as a team are hitting .251 post All-Star break, compared to .245 before the break. The team homered in 17 straight games from July 28 to Aug. 14, and ranks fifth in the majors with 49 home runs since the All-Star break. It also ranks among the top half in baseball in runs (11th), RBI (11th) and on-base percentage (fifth) and leads the majors in walks (150) and stolen bases (60) since the break.

Information courtesy STATS LLC and mlb.com



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