Corbin Burnes last season became the first Brewers hurler to lead the league in strikeouts. Burnes finished the season with 243 for the season, most in the National League. It was the first time a Brewers pitcher had led either league in strikeouts in the team’s history.
Burnes was the only Brewers player to lead the league in any of the top batting or pitching stats, but other Milwaukee players had Top 5 finishes in some major stat categories. On the offensive side, Rowdy Tellez had 35 HRs, good enough for a fifth-place tie in the N.L.; Christian Yelich had 88 walks, good enough for third place in the league.
Burnes finished in the Top 5 in three more pitching stats: He was second in most strikeouts per nine innings, fourth in innings pitched and tied for third in wild pitches. Brandon Woodruff finished in third place in the National League in win-loss percentage with his .765 win pct. with a 13-4 record.
Here is a look at 20 major stats (10 batting and 10 pitching) and the last time a Brewers’ player led or tied for the league-lead in each category.
Last time a Brewers’ batter led the league in these batting stats
Batting Average: Christian Yelich, 2019 (.329)
Runs Scored: Ryan Braun, 2012 (108)
Hits: Ryan Braun, 2009 (203)
Home Runs: Chris Carter, 2016 (41) *
RBI: Prince Fielder, 2009 (141) *
Walks: Prince Fielder, 2010 (114)
Stolen Bases: Jonathan Villar, 2016 (62)
Extra-Base Hits: Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, 2012 (80) *
Sacrifice Bunts: Zach Davies, 2017 (14)
Sacrifice Flies: Jesus Aguilar, 2018 (10)
Last time a Brewers’ pitcher led the league in these pitching stats
ERA: Corbin Burnes, 2021 (2.43)
Wins: Pete Vukovich, 1981 (14) *
Win-Loss Percentage: Moose Haas, 1983 (.813)
Strikeouts per 9 innings: Corbin Burnes, 2021 (12.6)
Saves: Josh Hader, 2020 (13)
Innings Pitched: Cal Eldred, 1993 (258)
Strikeouts: Corbin Burnes, 2022 (243)
Losses: Jimmy Nelson, 2016 (16)
Wild Pitches: Manny Parra, 2008 (17) *
Hit By Pitch: Jimmy Nelson, 2016 (17)
- Tied for the league lead that season
Craig Counsell’s name at the top of the ejections list
How about one more bonus stat? Do you know the last time a Brewers manager led the league in ejections? Current skipper Craig Counsell tied for the league lead with three in 2020. He did lead the National League in ejections in 2018 with five.
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