Branyan Brings Much Needed Power to Brewers

June 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

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The Milwaukee Brewers were my surprise pick to win the 2008 World Series and they have done nothing but disappoint and make all my naysayers point and laugh so far. With the team looking for any type of help it can get they summoned the veteran Russell Branyan from Triple-A a week ago. So far all Branyan has done is add some much needed boom to the Brewers’ lineup.

With Prince Fielder (up until the last two games), Corey Hart, and J.J. Hardy all lacking the power they showed last year, Rickie Weeks struggling to hit .200, and Bill Hall hitting .164 against right handers (versus .404 against lefties) the Brewers sorely needed some punch in the lineup and Branyan was hitting .359/.453/.693 with 12 homers, 15 doubles, 36 RBI, 25 walks, and 4 steals in 153 at-bats and waiting for another chance to hit in the majors. He was the perfect solution to the Brewers immediate problem.

So far Branyan has done little to disappoint.

In the seven games Branyan has played in the Brewers are 5-2 and Branyan has hit .292/.433/.708 with 3 homers (one on Saturday that traveld 465 feet, 3rd longest in Miller Park history), 2 doubles, 6 walks, 4 RBI, and 6 runs.

With Branyan in the lineup Prince Fielder has been on fire. In those 7 games with Branyan, Prince Fielder is hitting .346 (9-26) with 2 homers, a double, 5 RBI, and 7 runs.

The Brewers have now gone over .500 (29-28) back in the race in the Central. I’m not saying Branyan will keep up the high average but I do think he could end up with 25+ homers if he stays in the lineup and allow the other “power” guys to just sit and hit and take some pressure off them.

This is a Brewer team that was supposed to be near the top of the league in runs but has had no one outside of Ryan Braun produce good overall numbers. Once this team gets back on track they will be very scary. Weeks will hit. Hart and Fielder will hit more balls over the fences. Hall will flourish when he plays because he hates sitting on the bench.

Heroes come from the unlikeliest of sources and as crazy as it may sound Russell Branyan, the 32 year old journeyman who strikes out a ton but owns one of the 20 best homerun ratios of all-time, may be the hero that just gets this Brewers team on track for contention.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Ashley  |  June 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

    My best team of MLB is The Milwaukee Brewers . This why I always fallow their games especially whenever I have some time. I’m always trying not o miss any of their game and hear about the team’s news. But The Milwaukee Brewers tickets get more pricy especially when there are some hot games. But, if we’re really good fans we should try not to be mean when we’re talking about a favourite teams. It’s not only the Brewers tickets that got pricy, but there are other major teams too, so the team needs our support and we should provide as much as we can.

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