The Brewers are hitting the road for their final six games of the year with nothing to gain or lose, so before they potentially blow up their away game stats, I’d like to look at the numbers that led them to an already franchise record number of wins on the road.
To keep things simple, I’m going to discount 2020 from most of these stats and records.
Like everything else with the Brewers this year, it starts with pitching. The Brewers have a league-best 3.04 era on the road this year. That’s nearly a half a run better than their franchise record of 3.49 set in 2013.
Their 10.28 strikeouts per nine innings are on pace to break the full-season record of 10.13 set by the Yankees in 2018. If you count the shortened, fanless 2020 season, though, the record is 10.82 K/9 set by the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers.
The entire slashline allowed by Brewers pitchers on the road is good enough for a franchise record. Their .208 batting average is well below the record of .235 set in 2018. Their .286 on-base percentage is well below the record of .301 set in 2013. Their .336 slugging percentage is well below the record of .368, also set by the 2013 staff. That leads to a franchise-low OPS of .622, shattering the record of .669 from 2013.
Relative to the rest of the league this season, the Dodgers pitching staff has put up an almost identical slash line to the Brewers on the road. Here’s a look at the numbers:
- Brewers: .208/.286/.336/.622
- Dodgers: .207/.287/.334/.621
Since the turn of the century only the 2018 Houston Astros, with an era of 2.87 on the road, turned in a better era than the 2021 Brewers.
Their WHIP of 1.123 is both the best in the league and a franchise record. 2013’s staff currently hold the franchise record of 1.225. Their current WHIP is good for fourth-best in the live-ball era, only behind the 1968 Orioles (1.108), the 2015 Indians (1.114) and the 2018 Astros (1.117).
Their 733 strikeouts on the road are currently the 20th best of all time. They’re 71 behind the record set by the Yankees in 2018. They will need to average about 12 strikeouts per game over the last six in order to surpass that.
Will the numbers hold?
All of this has to be taken with a grain of salt because the Brewers no longer have anything to play for. As it currently stands, they are locked into the two seed in the NL and are set to play the winner of the NL East. This only means that their main goal at this point is to stay healthy.
Regardless, this pitching staff was electric on the road this year, whether some pointless games at the end balloon their numbers or not.