Milwaukee Brewers' 54-Game Record Not Providing Much Hope for Fans

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Milwaukee Brewers' 54-Game Record Not Providing Much Hope for Fans
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Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke

If Milwaukee Brewers fans are hoping for a turnaround to the team’s 2012 season, their 54-game record is not providing much hope, especially if you compare this year’s 54-game record to previous seasons.

Manager Ron Roenicke’s Brewers are currently 24-30 in their first 54 games, the one-third point in the 162-game season. In the 44-year history of the franchise, this six-games-under-.500 mark is among the worst records at this point in the season. Here’s a look at the worst 54-game records in Brewers history.

 

54-game record, year

17-37: 1970

18-36: 2002, 1972

21-33: 2003, 1971

22-32: 2010, 2000

23-31: 1994, 1991, 1976

24-30: 2012, 1999, 1996, 1989, 1984, 1969 (as Seattle Pilots)

Of the 16 seasons listed above (not counting this year), the Brewers ended the year at .500 or above in only two of those seasons (1989, .500; 1991, .512).

In addition:

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Brewers slugger Ryan Braun

* In franchise history, the team was over .500 at the 54-game mark in only 15 of the 44 seasons. They were at .500 (27-27) in four seasons. Of these 19 seasons where they were .500 or above after 54 games, the teams finished above .500 in 10 of those seasons.

* In 24 seasons the Brewers were under .500 after 54 games. In only three of those seasons (2008, 1991, 1983) did the team finish with a record above .500.

* The Brewers have made the playoffs in four seasons. The record of those playoff teams at the 54-game mark: 1981: 30-24; 1982, 27-27; 2008, 26-28; 2011, 29-25.

Here’s a look at the five seasons when the Brewers had 30 or more wins at the 54-game mark (and how they ended that season):

 

54-game record, Year (end of the year)

31-23: 2009 (finished the season 80-82, third in the division)

30-24: 2007 (finished the season 83-79, second in the division)

30-24: 1987 (finished the season 91-71, third in the division)

30-24: 1981 (finished the strike-shortened season at 62-47, winning the AL East. Lost in the AL Division Series)

30-24: 1980 (finished the season 86-76, third in the division)

 

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