The Milwaukee Brewers are going streaking! 11 wins and counting as the Brewers need just one more for everyone to get free George Webb’s burgers.
One of the questions on everyone’s mind is: How are the Brewers doing this? They were such an up-and-down team the first few months of the season and they couldn’t find any consistency. Now, they’re consistently dominating and winning each game.
Well, there’s a lot that has gone into this sustained winning effort. All three of pitching, hitting, and defense are firing on all cylinders right now.
Here are three eye-popping stats from the Brewers current 11 game winning streak.
1) 7.6 Runs Per Game
Are we sure this lineup is filled with the same players that struggled to string hits together and do anything with runners in scoring position? It may be some of the same names, but these guys are different hitters right now.
Somehow, this team has managed to average over seven runs per game during this winning streak! Seven runs! That average may have been slightly inflated by the 14 run and 15 run games against the Cubs, who ironically were the “best” team the Brewers have faced during this streak.
Still, this offense has been rolling, scoring at least five runs or more in all but two of the games in this streak so far.
2) +56 Run Differential
Before going on this winning streak, the Brewers were somehow in first base with a negative run differential, meaning they’ve given up more runs than they scored.
That stat has been flipped on it’s head quickly.
Over the 11 games on the winning streak, the Brewers have a +56 run differential. Prior to Saturday’s win over the Pirates, the Brewers had a +47 run differential in the 10 game streak, which was the biggest positive run differential in any 10 game span in franchise history.
After the 11-2 victory on Saturday, that replaced the 5-0 win over Arizona in the “last 10 games”, which means the Brewers have a new franchise record for run differential in a 10 game span, which is now +51 .
In context, that means the Brewers are winning on average by five runs a game. That’s not even close to a save situation and Josh Hader has been able to stay pretty well rested during this run.
3) Jace Peterson is hitting .452
While I have not been a card-carrying member of the Jace Peterson Fan Club, what the career .229 hitter been doing during this winning streak is incredible.
Over the 11 game streak, Peterson is 14-for-31, hitting .452/.550/.774 with seven extra base hits, 11 RBIs, eight walks, and just two strikeouts.
Prior to the streak beginning, Peterson was hitting just .172 on the season. Now he’s hitting .270 on the year. He’s raised his batting average nearly 100 points. Sure he didn’t have the largest number of ABs coming into this stretch, but that’s an impressive run.
His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) during this stretch is .448, which isn’t really sustainable, but it’s a fun ride while it lasts so hopefully it can continue as the Brewers try to get free burgers for everyone.
This streak has been nothing short of incredible, and what the offense has done is show the true power of this team. With the pitching being dominant as usual, and the defense being solid, all they’ve need this season was the offense to get going. They’ve gotten going, and the Brewers are taking advantage.