Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ryan Braun, Phillie Killer

Ryan Braun has 14 career home runs in 35 games against the Phillies.

Ryan Braun, Phillie Killer

(Morry Gash/AP)
(Morry Gash/AP)

Since 1969 (when divisional play started), only five opposing players from outside their division have hit more home runs against the Phillies in a season than the six Ryan Braun has this year.

He has homered against them in five consecutive games and has 14 in 35 career games. If he goes long Sunday, Braun would join the Braves' Brian McCann, who earlier this season became the first player in major league history to homer against the Phillies in six consecutive games.

By the way, the major league record appears to be nine consecutive games against an opponent with a homer — Joe Adcock, Braves, 1956, vs. Dodgers ... and Harmon Killebrew, Twins, 1961, vs. Athletics.

Non-divisional opponents with six or more home runs vs. the Phillies in a season:

 Player  Team  Year     GP   HR 
 Eric Davis  Reds  1987  12    8
 Sammy Sosa  Cubs  1998    9    8
 Earl Williams  Braves  1971  11    7
 Bob Horner  Braves  1985  12    7
 Reggie Sanders    D'backs  2001    7    7
 Willie McCovey  Giants  1969  12    6
 George Foster  Reds  1977  12    6 
 Glenn Davis  Astros  1989  12    6
 Matt Williams  Giants  1994  12    6
 Jeff Bagwell  Astros  1996  12    6
 Ryan Braun  Brewers    2012    6    6
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