You know who they are, Brewers fans. They’re those opposing batters that you just love to hate because they’ve caused you so much grief in recent seasons.
Sometimes they’re a player from a divisional rival that always seems to come up with a big hit at the right (or in this case, wrong) time. Other times, it’s one from a team that you may only see a few times per year, but somehow still seems to feast on your team’s pitching no matter who’s on the mound.
As good as Milwaukee has been over the last five seasons, there have been a handful of players out there who have been Brewers killers seemingly every time they come up to bat. Let’s take a look back at five of them that have given fans the most fits.
Here are five opposing batters who have been Brewers killers at the plate over the last half decade.
1. 1B Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
If a Milwaukee fan was asked who the biggest Brewers killer is that comes to mind, odds are that they would think of a number of annoying NL Central opponents first. As it turns out, the biggest one of them all might be an MVP from out east.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been a terror to the rest of the league in general. Five All-Star appearances over the last nine seasons, six career top 10 MVP finishes, and an NL MVP win in 2020 will do that for you.
He has often been at his best against the Brewers, though.
For players who have at least 100 plate appearances over the last five years, Freeman leads all Milwaukee opponents with a whopping 1.184 OPS and a staggering 204 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), not to mention all three slash line facets (.349/.440/.744).
It certainly doesn’t help that Freeman loves to hit in American Family Field. Going back even past the last five years, he has a career slash line of .279/.382/.615 at the Crew’s home field. His nine home runs in just 29 games there tie for his most at a non-NL East stadium.
Freeman’s dominance over the Brewers was perhaps no more painful to watch than in last year’s playoffs. After mostly keeping him quiet over the first three games of the series, he fell just a triple short of the cycle in game 4 of the NLDS, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run on the way to finalizing Milwaukee’s early postseason exit.