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Maybe Not Too Early Anymore: Hitters "On Pace"

We're not quite to the All Star Break, but we're past the season's mathematical halfway point, so now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at some of the things the Brewers are on pace (or not on pace) to accomplish this season. Here are a few examples:

  • The Brewers are on pace to win 72 games, which would be their lowest win total since 2004, when they went 67-94.
  • Rickie Weeks, who has never made more than 560 plate appearances in a season, is on pace to make 763, which would break Paul Molitor's franchise record (751, set in 1982).
  • Corey Hart is on pace to lead the Brewers with 37 home runs. If he gets there, it'll be the fifth straight season the Brewers have had a batter hit at least 35. (Prince Fielder is also on pace for 35.)
  • So much for running more: Ryan Braun is on pace to lead the Brewers with 21 stolen bases (in 23 attempts). Carlos Gomez, Alcides Escobar and Rickie Weeks are on pace for 18, 12 and 10, respectively.
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  • Despite batting just .202 and being on pace to play in just 72 games, George Kottaras is on pace for 12 home runs, which is more than all Brewer catchers hit in 2008 and 2009 combined.
  • In 2009 Prince Fielder walked 110 times, becoming the first Brewer ever to record 100 walks in a season. He's on pace to break 100 again this season with 103.
  • Rickie Weeks is the only Brewer on pace to score 100 runs. He's also on pace for 29 HBP, which would break Fernando Vina's franchise record of 25, and could challenge Jose Hernandez's record for strikeouts (on pace for 182, Hernandez had 188).
  • Alcides Escobar is on pace for ten triples: He'd be just the fourth Brewer ever to reach that mark, and the first since Vina in 1996. Robin Yount did it four times, and Paul Molitor did it twice.
  • So much for regression: Casey McGehee is on pace for 162 hits, 25 home runs and 102 RBI. 
  • Ryan Braun is on pace to become just the fifth Brewer ever to record 45 doubles. Corey Hart (45 in 2008), Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004), Jeff Cirillo (46 in 1996 and 1997) and Robin Yount (49 in 1980, 46 in 1982) are the others.
  • Carlos Gomez is on pace to be worth -1.1 wins (according to B-Ref) in 394 plate appearances. That'd be tied for the ninth worst season ever by a Brewer with 350 PAs.
  • Corey Hart's 37 home runs would demolish his previous career high (24, set in 2007). He's also on pace to set a career high in RBI: His 119 runs batted in would be tie the ninth highest total in team history.