MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 07: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on May 07, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
There are some splits that are hard to explain. This is one of those.
In 2012, Ryan Braun has had some of his best days on Monday. By WPA, four of his best seven performances in 2012 have come on Monday, and he has not had a negative WPA on a Monday in 2012. Here is a list of his top seven performances so far this season:
|Monday, April 30||Padres||+.412||4 for 5, 3 HR, 1 3B, 3 R, 6 RBI|
|Saturday, April 21||Rockies||+.223||2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI|
|Wednesday, April 25||Astros||+.209||2 for 5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI|
|Monday, April 23||Astros||+.195||3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI|
|Friday, April 13||Braves||+.178||3 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI|
|Monday, April 09||Cubs||+.130||2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 R|
|Monday, May 07||Reds||+.113||2 for 4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI|
In addition, here are some of the stats that he has put up on Mondays.
- 5 of 9 HR
- 7 of 18 Runs Scored
- 9 of 19 RBI
- 11 of 30 Hits
- Batting line of .647 / .667 / 1.765 / 2.431
Who knows why Ryan Braun plays better on Mondays? It's one of those stats that may equal out as the season goes on, but for now, Mondays have been good to him.