Brewers will need to bring bats against Padres' stingy staff

BY foxsports • August 3, 2015

When the Milwaukee Brewers meet the San Diego Padres for a four-game series starting Monday night at Miller Park, they'll need to bring their bats.

The Padres (51-54), who are 10-5 since the All-Star break, have held hitters to a league-low .220 average over that stretch. The Brewers are tied for 22nd in the majors in team batting average (.249) and likely won't get any breaks from the San Diego staff.

Here's a look at the teams with the lowest opponent batting average since the All-Star Game.

Lowest Opponent BA, Post All-Star Game

Team Opp. BA
San Diego Padres .220
Toronto Blue Jays .226
Los Angeles Dodgers .228
Miami Marlins .232
Los Angeles Angels .237

If there's one player whose bat can best help determine Milwaukee's chances for success, it's right fielder Ryan Braun. Since the start of 2013, the Brewers have lost just twice when Braun gets three or more hits. In Sunday's loss to the Chicago Cubs, he went 3-for-4, which snapped the team's 15-game win streak when Braun records at least three hits. Milwaukee's been almost as successful when catcher Jonathan Lucroy does it.

Here's a look at the best records of teams when a player has three or more hits in a game, since 2013.

Best Record When Player Has 3+ Hits in Game

Player Record Win pct.
Brandon Moss 16-1 .941
Allen Craig 15-1 .938
Wil Myers 14-1 .933
Ryan Braun 17-2 .895
Jonathan Lucroy 25-3 .893
Chris Johnson 25-3 .893

Recent history suggests Milwaukee should be able to get some hits and score some runs for its Monday night starting pitcher, Wily Peralta, who's making his second start since returning from an oblique injury. After getting a total of just three runs of support over his first five starts this season (0.87 RSA), Peralta has been the beneficiary of much more production since then. In his last five outings, he's gotten the second-most run support in baseball (minimum five starts).

Here's a look at the MLB pitchers who've gotten the most average run support per nine innings since May 6.

Highest Average Run Support per 9 IP

Player Team RSA
Ricky Nolasco Minnesota Twins 10.22
Wily Peralta Milwaukee Brewers 9.00
Nathan Eovaldi New York Yankees 8.70
Colby Lewis Texas Rangers 7.65
Andrew Heaney Los Angeles Angels 7.49

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