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Home runs, strikeouts theme of 2018 Brewers

Get used to whiffs, long balls at Miller Park
Posted: 4:47 PM, Apr 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-02 21:47:16Z

The Brewers fell to the Cardinals 8-4 during their Monday home opener. 

As a team, they collected eight hits—three of them were home runs—and they struck out nine times. 

On their total swings, they whiffed 16 times and made contact 43 times. 

If any of those above numbers surprise you, they shouldn't. Welcome to the 2018 Brewers. 

Last year, the Brewers were second to last in the league in total batted balls with 3,964. They were the only team, outside the Padres, with less than 4,000 batted balls. 

This isn't a new trend. In 2016, they were last in batted balls with 3,879. Again, they joined the Padres again as the only team with less than 4,000 batted balls. 

It isn't a coincidence they have set MLB record in strikeouts the past two seasons. 

But something they did not struggle with was home runs. They hit 224 last season, seventh most in the bigs. 

That means 5.6 percent of everything they put in play last season was a home run. 

Don't expect that trend to change either. 

All around the Major Leagues, home runs are up, strikeouts are up, and groundballs (thanks to the shift) are trending down. 

So, if you go to Miller Park this season, or visit the Brewers on the road, prepare for a steady home runs and whiffs. 

All stats via baseballprospectus.com