By JERRY TAPP
Christian Yelich had eight home runs (in 16 games) versus the St. Louis Cardinals last season. That broke a more-than-a-decade old team record held by Ryan Braun who slugged seven homers against the Cards in the 2008 season.
What’s interesting about this stat is that Yelich, due to injury that sidelined him from Sept. 10 to the end of the season, actually missed three games against the Cardinals in the final month and may have added to his record-setting number.
Yelich’s eight HRs against the Cardinals in 2019 is tied for second-most in Brewers team history in a season against one team. Former first baseman Eric Thames, now a member of the World Champion Washington Nationals, holds the team record with 10 home runs in 2017 against the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich’s eight homers against the Cards in 2019 ties him with Prince Fielder who had eight home runs against the Pirates in 2010.
Here is a look at the Brewers players who have the most HRs in a season versus each of the other 14 teams in the National League.
Braves: Richie Sexson, 5, 2003
Cardinals: Christian Yelich, 8, 2019
Cubs: Richie Sexson (2002 and 2003), Jeromy Burnitz (2006) and Ryan Braun (2016)… 6 each
Diamondbacks: Jeromy Burnitz, 5, 2001
Dodgers: Geoff Jenkins, 5, 2000
Giants: Richie Sexson, 4, 2003
Marlins: Prince Fielder (2009, 2010, 2011), Mike Moustakas (2019)… 4 each
Mets: Carlos Lee (2005), Corey Hart (2010), Prince Fielder (2011)… 4 each
Nationals: Geoff Jenkins, 5, 2001
Padres: Geoff Jenkins (2003), Ryan Braun (2012)… 4 each
Phillies: Ryan Braun, 6, 2012
Pirates: Prince Fielder, 8, 2010
Reds: Eric Thames, 10, 2017
Rockies: Travis Shaw, 4, 2018
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