Brewers, Reds like to burn it up on the basepaths

While Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez lead Ryan Braun in steals, Braun has homered 14 times against the Reds since 2012, fourth most in the majors.

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Pitchers and catchers better beware this weekend in Cincinnati.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds are the top-two teams in Major League Baseball in attempted steals. Milwaukee is No. 1 in attempts with 106 while Cincinnati has 95. The Brewers also lead the majors in successful steals with 77. However, the Reds are sixth in the majors with 65 stolen bases.

Of course, with the good comes the bad and Cincinnati leads the majors in times caught stealing with 30. Milwaukee has the second-most, just one behind the Reds with 29.

Jonathan Villar is the only Brewers player in Milwaukee history to have at least 40 steal attempts through the team’s first 87 games of the season (Tommy Harper with the Seattle Pilots did it in 1969 as well).

Here’s every player on both teams who has attempted at least four steals this season:

Brewers SB CS
Jonathan Villar 31 10
Hernan Perez 10 3
Ryan Braun 7 3
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 7 4
Keon Broxton* 7 1
Jonathan Lucroy 4 0
Scooter Gennett 4 1
Aaron Hill* 4 2
     
Reds SB CS
Billy Hamilton 22 4
Jose Peraza 9 0
Joey Votto 6 1
Eugenio Suarez 6 4
Brandon Phillips 5 6
Tyler Holt 4 3
Jay Bruce 3 1
Ivan De Jesus 3 1
Adam Duvall 2 5

* — Hill is now with Boston while Broxton is in Triple-A.

The Brewers aren’t all about steals, of course. Since 2012, Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun own the highest slugging percentage against Cincinnati (min. 150 plate appearances).

The top five: Lucroy, .588; Braun, .544; Andrew McCutchen, .525; Matt Carpenter, .516; Chris Coughlan, .507.

In addition, Braun has homered 14 times against the Reds since 2012, fourth most in the majors. Lucroy’s 11 homers against Cincinnati since 2012 ranks sixth in MLB.

Other notes:

— Milwaukee is averaging 7.6 runs in its last five games against Cincinnati.

— The Reds (55.6 percent) and Brewers (55.3 percent) rank third and fourth in the majors this seasonin percentage of wins via comeback.

— The Reds have allowed the most home runs before the All-Star break since 1933 (or, when the first All-Star Game took place). Cincinnati has given up 154 homers — eight more than the 2000 Kansas City Royals, the previous record holder.

— Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton is batting .302 with an .880 OPS against the NL Central but .199 with a .491 OPS vs. everyone else.

Statistics courtesy STATS LLC and baseball-reference.com