Jul 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielderRyan Braun
(8) during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Milwaukee won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
It’s that time of the year, prediction time. This week I’m taking a look at my picks for all things home runs. Everyone enjoys the long ball, right? Who will be the Brewer home run king for 2014? (Note: Not a title you want if you are pitcher.)
Most Home Runs (Hit)
Prediction: Ryan Braun (34)
Most Home Runs (Given Up)
Prediction: Kyle Lohse (23)
Based on 2013 all Lohse does is win games and give up home runs. Not always in that order.
Longest Home Run (Hit)
Prediction: Ryan Braun (476 feet)
I can hear the rumors starting already.
Longest Home Run (Given Up)
Prediction: Yovani Gallardo (436 feet)
Just a hunch.
Least Home Runs (Hit)
Prediction: Scooter Gennett (6)
With Norichika Aoki gone, someone has to hit singles.
Least Home Runs (Given Up)
Prediction: Wily Peralta (9)
Normally this would be good news; however, in Peralta’s case it may mean giving up lots of walks.
Game Winning Home Runs
Prediction: Jonathan Lucroy (3)
I see a big year for Lucroy and ESPN SportCenter highlights.
Lead Off Home Runs
Prediction: Carlos Gomez (5)
Of course this assumes Gomez leads off; if he doesn’t then my prediction goes to zero.
Multiple Home Run Games
Prediction: Aramis Ramirez (3)
Even if not fully healthy, I foresee a few big games in 2014 for Ramirez.
Multiple Home Run games (Given Up)
I don’t even want to talk about this one. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen often.
Agree or disagree with any of my predictions? Who do you think goes yard most often in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.