One might not have guessed that the Brewers would fair as well as they did last night against the seemingly untouchable Roy Halladay when in fact it wasn’t just an unlucky BABIP fit Roy encountered — the Brewers have a history of competing exceptionally well against “elite” national league pitching.
In 2010, for example, Halladay faced the Brewers once and went a laboring 7 innings, in which he gave up a resounding 4 HR’s (all solo shots), 7 hits total, 2 walks, and 4 earned runs. In fact, Weeks, Fielder, Braun, and the soon-returning Corey Hart all average out to a lofty 1.625 OPS vs Halladay, and although the sample size is rather insignificant, it does translate onto a few other well-above average hurlers.
Tim Lincecum also has had some trouble with the Brewers in his 7 games against them. Here are his career numbers vs the Brewers:
4.62 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .238 BAA, 2-3 W-L overall.
The aforementioned combination of hitters muster up a .909 OPS against the “Freak”.
Onto a division opponent, here’s are the career numbers for Chris Carpenter vs Milwaukee:
4.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .277 BAA, 4-4 overall W-L
As for the core hitters vs Chris: 1.228 OPS against.
As the Brewers forge ahead in 2011, it’s comforting to see just how capable they are offensively versus more than formidable opposition.
GM Doug Melvin has always known that offense is never (really) the problem for the Brewers, but uncovering just how capable they are, it’s no wonder why competitive pitching was so sought-after last winter.