StaTuesday: Brewers’ Braun keeps mashing vs. Reds

Ryan Braun is closing in on 300 career home runs. He can thank the Cincinnati Reds for a lot of those.

On Saturday, Braun hit his 40th home run against the Reds, the most he’s had against any opponent.

If you think that’s a lot it’s because, well, it is.

Braun ranks 25th all-time in home runs hit vs. the Reds. Among the 24 in front of him, the careers of the vast majority occurred in pre-interleague play and/or pre-expansion days. Seventeen of the other 24 played in over 200 games. Braun made the list in just 149 games.

PLAYER G HR
Hank Aaron 372 97
Eddie Mathews 304 76
Willie Mays 368 76
Duke Snider 306 72
Willie McCovey 296 69
Stan Musial 428 66
Ernie Banks 311 61
Barry Bonds 177 59
Mel Ott 389 59
Mike Schmidt 185 55
Sammy Sosa 168 53
Billy Williams 215 53
Lance Berkman 174 52
Jeff Bagwell 197 49
Orlando Cepeda 242 48
Dale Murphy 243 48
Del Ennis 272 48
Albert Pujols 177 47
Gil Hodges 284 45
Ralph Kiner 190 44
Ron Santo 220 43
Chuck Klein 258 42
Steve Garvey 266 41
Willie Stargell 201 41
Ryan Braun 149 40

Braun has torched a number of Reds pitchers, hitting multiple homers of just six. Bronson Arroyo is his favorite. He’s hit more homers off Arroyo than anyone else in his major-league career.

PITCHER HR
Jose Arredondo 1
Bronson Arroyo 5
Burke Badenhop 1
Homer Bailey 3
Luis Castillo 1
Tony Cingrani 1
Johnny Cueto 1
Jumbo Diaz 1
Phil Dumatrait 1
Brandon Finnegan 1
Josh Fogg 2
Aaron Harang 3
J.J. Hoover 2
Jeremy Horst 1
John Lamb 2
Mike Leake 1
Bobby Livingston 1
Michael Lorenzen 1
Sean Marshall 1
Logan Ondrusek 1
Cody Reed 1
Sal Romano 1
Keyvius Sampson 1
Kevin Shackelford 1
Tom Shearn 1
Jordan Smith 1
Dan Straily 1
Edinson Volquez 1
David Weathers 1

Braun has played what amounts to a regular season against Cincinnati, as well as division-mates Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

In 149 career games against the Reds, Braun has hit .284/.358/.556 with 102 runs, 93 RBI, 23 steals and, of course, the 40 home runs.

He has arguably better numbers against the Cubs and Pirates (who the Brewers happen to be facing Tuesday and Wednesday).

In 149 games vs. the Cubs, Braun is hitting .335/.411/.589 with 109 runs, 117 RBI, 32 HR and 22 steals. In 148 games against the Pirates, he’s at .300/.380/.524 with 114 runs, 105 RBI, 29 HR and 37 SB. He hasn’t done as well against the Cardinals, but still owns 20 career home runs.

OPP G AB HR BA OBP SLG
Reds 149 574 40 .284 .358 .556
Cubs 146 555 32 .335 .411 .589
Pirates 148 567 29 .300 .380 .524
Astros 89 355 27 .341 .407 .642
Phillies 66 264 22 .379 .422 .701
Cardinals 147 598 20 .284 .322 .453
Rockies 63 246 14 .317 .392 .593
Dbacks 49 185 13 .238 .313 .503
Padres 55 204 13 .309 .387 .564
Giants 59 229 13 .293 .355 .563
Braves 63 234 12 .269 .325 .479
Dodgers 55 212 11 .292 .360 .542
Marlins 61 237 10 .312 .364 .536
Twins 53 211 9 .346 .383 .578
Mets 50 197 9 .274 .319 .472
Nationals 55 210 8 .290 .348 .510
Red Sox 10 40 3 .300 .333 .575
Tigers 8 30 3 .333 .400 .733
Blue Jays 13 51 3 .294 .357 .588
Indians 7 24 2 .375 .464 .750
Royals 10 40 2 .250 .295 .450
Rangers 10 41 2 .317 .349 .610
Angels 5 19 1 .474 .524 .684
Orioles 8 30 0 .300 .400 .433
White Sox 9 35 0 .229 .289 .257
Yankees 5 18 0 .444 .524 .556
Athletics 6 26 0 .231 .231 .269
Mariners 6 24 0 .208 .240 .292
Rays 8 30 0 .133 .212 .133

Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow, Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns