Everybody’s working for the weekend, but if you’re like the Milwaukee Brewers, that’s when you do your best work.
Beating the Beatables
After finishing off a sweep of the Rockies on Sunday, the Brewers will finish June with a record of 11-1 in games played Friday through Sunday. That gives them three weekend sweeps for the month, the other two being against the Pirates and Diamondbacks.
In fact, they’ve won 14 of their last 15 weekend games, with the lone loss coming in extra innings in Colorado on Friday, June 18th. They’re last loss in a nine inning weekend game came on Friday, May 21st against the Cincinnati Reds. Going even beyond that, they haven’t lost on a Saturday since May 15th, or on a Sunday since the Dodgers beat up Alec Bettinger on May 2nd.
In terms of series wins and losses, the Brewers are 9-3-1 in weekend series, with their last weekend series loss coming against the Braves May 14-16. Their tie came in a four game series against the Rockies which includes a Thursday game, which they lost.
Compared to Other Teams
Their 26-11 weekend record is second in the National League, behind only the San Diego Padres who have a record of 26-9. The Cincinnati Reds are the only other team from the NL Central with a winning weekend record (20-18).
Day and Night
The Brewers’ affinity for day games seems to play a part in their winning ways on the weekend. They have a league-best record of 26-9 in day games. Their day game record on the weekend is even more impressive at 18-4. They’ve won 14 consecutive weekend day games, with their last loss once again being that May 2nd drubbing by the Dodgers.
Thanks to a couple of blowout losses, 16-4 in that Dodgers game and 15-2 on April 23rd against the Cubs, the Brewers actually had negative run differentials in April (-2) and May (-6). Despite that, they posted winning records Friday-Sunday in those months. They went 6-5 in April and 9-5 in May before going Super Saiyan in June. Their 11-1 June record produced a run differential of +30. They averaged 5.92 runs per game while allowing only 3.42.
I think the takeaway from all of this is if you’re having the perfect day; it’s the weekend, you’re out on a boat with the sun shining and a beer in hand, you should put the game on the radio. Odds are, they’ll be winning, and everything will be even more perfect.
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