Milwaukee Brewers: RED-Hot Eric Thames

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 17: Eric Thames
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 17: Eric Thames /

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames is continuing his April dominance. Further, his dominance against the Cincinnati Reds is unbelievable.

Cincinnati Reds fans absolutely hate Eric Thames. They can’t be blamed, though. In Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman hit his eleventh home run against the club. He has performed exceptionally well in April overall, but especially against the Reds.

His numbers against the Reds have been phenomenal. In April alone, as tweeted by Adam McCalvy, he is 12-for-28 with nine home runs, 15 RBIs, and seven walks. That’s a whopping .429 average against the Reds in April. Remarkable.

Tuesday’s Game

Thames’ home run came at a great time for the Milwaukee Brewers offense. After losing 10-4 to the last place team in the division, they needed a spark. Sal Romano kept the Crew scoreless through the first five innings.

He continued his power surge against the Reds with that home run. The rest of his at-bats weren’t anything spectacular. He grounded out in his first at bat and struck out looking in the second. He rounded out the evening in the seventh inning, flying out to left field.

Not a terrible day, considering he is a power hitter. And, the Brewers won, so I don’t think any Milwaukee fan is upset about that.


Eric Thames is a monster against the Reds. In his overall 61 at bats, he has 21 hits, eleven of which have gone over the fence. Plus, he has walked fourteen times, and boasts 17 RBIs.

Of all the other clubs he has played against, for some reason, he has the Reds’ number. The only two teams he has a better batting average against are the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins. But, with those two teams, there is a much smaller sample size. He has only recorded 10 at bats against the Sox, and nine against the Marlins.

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Eric Thames is a fantastic power hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers. Although the outlook for his playing time remains unclear with Christian Yelich returning from the DL, he may be a non-negotiable each time the Crew takes on the Reds.