Milwaukee Brewers: Home Runs Are an Important Weapon for 2012 Season

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Milwaukee Brewers: Home Runs Are an Important Weapon for 2012 Season
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Ryan Braun and Martin Maldonado each hit a home run in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-5 win over the Padres on Sunday.

You may be saying to yourself, "Big deal." Well, for the Brewers in 2012, hitting multiple home runs is a key factor in whether a W or an L goes in their win-loss column.

Yesterday was the 18th game in which the Brewers hit two or more home runs in game. For the season, the Brewers are 12-6 in those games, a .667 winning percentage. Here's a quick look at how well the team has done when they've hit zero, one, two or more HRs in a game.

Zero HRs in a game: 3-16 .158

One HR in a game: 13-10 .565

Two HRs in a game: 5-3 .625

Three HRs in a game: 5-3 .625

Four HRs in a game: 2-0 1.000

If you compare win-loss records of the team when it hits two or more home runs in a game to when they don't hit any four-baggers in a game, you see a distinct difference in winning percentage.

The Brew Crew is 12-6 (.667) in games with multiple homers and 3-16 (.158) with no homers, a .509 difference. Milwaukee is one of nine teams that has a difference of over .500 when comparing records with multiple HRs and homerless games.

The teams:

Win pct with multiple homers/win pct in homerless games (difference)

NY Yankees .839/.000 (.839)

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Boston .882/.190 (.692)

Arizona .846/.250 (.596)

Chicago White Sox .850/.267 (.583)

St. Louis .750/.182 (.568)

Cincinnati .762/.231 (.531)

Texas .789/.267 (.522)

Milwaukee .667/.158 (.509)

Atlanta .833/.333 (.500)

Note: The Yankees are 26-5 in games when they hit multiple home runs and 0-12 when they go homerless.

The Brewers .158 winning percentage is the second-worst record in games where they don't hit a home run—the Yankees have the worst record at 0-12.

The Brewers are 25-16 (.610) when they hit at least one HR in a game compared to the anemic .158 win-loss ratio when they go without a home run in a game.

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