Brewers look to continue interleague success against Seattle

Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has a history of success against left-handed pitchers.

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After suffering a sweep at the hands of the red-hot Chicago Cubs the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to bounce back with an interleague series against the Seattle Mariners.

Fortunately for Craig Counsell and co. it’s an area where they’ve flourished this season.

The Brewers are among MLB’s best inter-league teams, with a winning percentage of .643 — .237 better than their record against the National League — when facing American League teams.

Best interleague record in 2016, National League

Team Record Winning %
Chicago Cubs 13-4 .765
Washington Nationals 11-5 .688
Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 .643

The Brewers are set to face Mariners lefty Wade LeBlanc in Friday’s series opener, a veteran with just seven starts and a 4.68 ERA under his belt since being acquired by Seattle in June.

Ryan Braun could make things a bit worse for the southpaw.

Braun has a career .338 average against left-handed pitchers, but he’s kicked things up a notch in 2016.

He ranks second in the National League with 33 hits in 88 plate appearances against leftys.

NL Players, Highest BA vs. LHP 

*Minimum 100 PA

Player Team Batting Average
Martin Prado Miami Marlins .443
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers .375
Jayson Werth Washington Nationals .359
DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies .349

Other notables:

— Since joining the National League in 1998 the Brewers have won all three of their series against the Mariners 2-1, outscoring Seattle 45-21 over those nine games.

— Hernan Perez hit a home run and picked up another steal on Thursday, his third such game since the All-Star break. No other player has more such games over that span.

Statistics courtesy of STATS LLC.