Milwaukee Brewers in Danger of Having Worst Month in Franchise History

Jerry Tapp@@StatsonTappSenior Analyst IIIMay 29, 2013

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 26: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws his helmut after striking out in the bottom of the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 26, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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With only three games left in the month of May (including tonight’s contest against the Twins), the Milwaukee Brewers need to win at least two of their next three games to avoid matching their all-time worst month in franchise history.

The Brewers are 5-20 in the month of May going into tonight’s game (a winning percentage of .200). Their worst ever month came in August, 1969, back when they were known as the Seattle Pilots. The team went 6-22 that month for a .214 winning percentage. For those purists who don’t want to accept the Pilots' record as part of the Brewers totals, the worst month for the "Milwaukee Brewers" was a 6-21 campaign (.222 winning percentage) in both September 1995 and August 2004.

If the Brewers win none of their next three games, they end up with a 5-23 record (.179) in May. Winning one of three will put them at 6-22 (.214), and winning two of three will lift them to 7-21 (.250).

Here’s a look at the worst months in franchise history.

Month, year, record (pct)

August, 1969, 6-22 (.214) *
September, 1995, 6-21 (.222)
August, 2004, 6-21 (.222)
July, 2001, 6-20 (.231)
August, 1975, 7-23 (.233)
April, 1970, 5-15 (.250)
May, 1987, 6-18, (.250)
May, 1994, 7-21 (.250)
September, 1976, 8-23 (.258)
September, 2001, 6-17 (.261)
September, 1973, 8-21 (.276)
September, 1985, 8-21 (.276)
August, 1999, 8-21 (.276)
May, 1976, 7-17 (.292)
September, 2002, 8-19, (.296)

* As the Seattle Pilots

Note: Of the 13 years in which the Brewers won less than 30 percent of their games in a single month, only one time (1987) did they manage to finish the season above .500. They went 6-18 (.250) in May, but ended the season strong with a .562 winning percentage. In the other 12 seasons, the team finished with a winning percentage under .462.

Note 2: Of the 15 months under .300, six happened in September, four in August, three in May.

Note 3: Since 2000, the Brewers have finished with a winning percentage above .500 in the month of May only three times. They have finished above .500 only three times in the month of July since 2000.

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