In a postgame interview a few weeks ago with Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun talked about how much he loves the big moment. And nothing makes that statement more true than looking at Braun’s career postseason numbers.
Since Braun made his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers back in May of 2007, he has been a constant in a franchise that has seen a lot of turnover.
During his career, Braun has won the Rookie of the Year award, NL MVP, is a six time All-Star and is a five time Silver Slugger award winner.
But October baseball is where the lights shine the brightest and it is when Ryan Braun has been at his best. He is well above his career averages in many offensive categories when playing playoff baseball.
Ryan Braun in the Playoffs
Over the last ten years, Braun has been a part of three Milwaukee Brewers postseason runs. The first was in 2008 where Milwaukee lost in the NLDS, followed by a 2011 appearance that ended with a loss in the NLCS. And of course we have the current 2018 postseason.
During those three playoff runs, Braun has played in 18 games, making starts in all of them and has 77 total plate appearances.
Braun has been able to put together a career postseason slash line of .380/.416/.592, with an OPS of 1.007. He’s also been able to add two home runs, 12 RBIs, and four walks.
To give some context, Braun has a career batting average of .299, an OBP of .361, a slugging percentage of .535 and an OPS of .896. All of which are well below Braun’s amazing playoff numbers at the plate, although there is a large difference in sample size.
In addition to his bat, Braun has played some great defense in left field as well. In his 155.0 innings defensively, Braun has recorded 26 putouts, 1 assist and has no errors. He’s been able to get the job done both at the plate and defensively in the outfield.
Moving forward in 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers are going to need Braun to continue playing well in order for them to move on to the World Series. As long as he stays healthy, he will continue being apart of the starting lineup and with the career playoff numbers that he has, he absolutely should be.
When October rolls around, Ryan Braun takes his game up a notch and plays his best baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers.