Brewers’ Braun looks to continue career of success against Cubs

Ryan Braun and Chris Carter are looking to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a big win over the Chicago Cubs.

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The Chicago Cubs may be leading the National League Central by a healthy 6 1/2 games, but Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun knows a thing or two about beating them.

Braun is one of the league’s most effective batters when facing the Cubs, ranking near the top of the league in hits, RBI, HR, BA and OPS.

Ryan Braun vs. Cubs

*Third column indicates rank among active players.

Hits 160 3rd
HR 23 4th
RBI 95 2nd
BA .337 3rd
OPS .987 4th

Jonathan Villar is looking to help the Brewers steal their way to a milestone.

The Brewers currently lead the majors in stolen bases with 84, led by the breakout shortstop.

Villar has racked up 34 stolen bases on the season, up from his previous career high of just 18, a mark that he set as a rookie in 2013.

If the Brewers can maintain their current pace it would mark just the fifth time in franchise history that Milwaukee has led the league in stolen bases, and the first time since 2012.

Season Stolen Bases
1969 167
1989 165
1992 256
2012 158
2016 84

Meanwhile, Brewers slugger Chris Carter is making a bid for his own piece of team history.

Carter leads the Brewers in RBI and home runs, and at his current pace would become just the fourth slugger in franchise history to lead the team in those two categories during a player’s first year with the team.

Year Player HR RBI
1978 Larry Hisle 34 115
1986 Rob Deer 33 86
2005 Carlos Lee 32 114
2016 Chris Carter 22 54

Statistics courtesy of STATS LLC