A Pair Of Clutch Home Runs Against the Cardinals
Throughout his career, Braun was exceptionally good against National League Central teams. Whether it be the Cubs, Reds, Pirates, or Cardinals no team was excited to see him in the Brewers lineup.
Statistically, his numbers are the lowest against the Cardinals. For his career, Braun has a .275/.317/.464/.781 slash line against St. Louis. Over the span of 196 games he hit 30 home runs, 41 doubles, and drove in 97 runs. For reference, he hit 45 home runs against the Reds, 40 against the Cubs, and 32 versus the Pirates.
However, that isn’t to say that Braun was not a Cardinal killer. In fact arguably his fourth and third biggest home runs came against the Red Birds. Lets take a look at each of these big flies in which one is from the beginning of the 2018 season and the other from September of 2019.
4) Walk Off Home Run in 2018 Against The Cardinals
Walk off home runs are a rarity, but to see a game tying home run followed by a walk off home run a pitch later is special. In this game it was Braun who delivered the walk off home run, but made possible by Christian Yelich tying the game first.
At the time, Christian Yelich was in his first season as a Brewer and Ryan Braun was the known face of the franchise. By season’s end the torch would be passed, but this moment showed how these two were able to feed off one another and singlehandedly alter games outcomes.
3) Go Ahead Grand Slam in 2019 Against The Cardinals
At this point in September, the Brewers had lost Christian Yelich to a season ending patella fracture but were playing great baseball. They were making a push for one of the two wild card spots and every game was a must win.
With the bases loaded and the Brewers trailing by one, Ryan Braun stepped up to the plate. He has hit a lot of clutch home runs in his career but it doesn’t much bigger than a go ahead grand slam in the top ninth inning with a full count and two outs in the inning. Of all the players to pull this feat off, of course it was Ryan Braun.