When facing elite arms, bet on Braun
Since reaching majors in '07, Brewers slugger has shined against game's top pitchers
The SetupThere's a lot of crummy pitching out there in this modern baseball world of ours. You might have noticed that.
Ichiro .299 On the other hand, when those three men faced pitchers with an ERA of 3.50 or lower, the numbers looked slightly different: Ichiro .338
Miles .085 So you've now learned something about what separates the best hitters on earth from the .185 hitters on earth: The best hitters (feel free to sing along) hit good pitching. And your .185 hitters? Ehhhh, not so much. Fortunately for those .185 hitters and their pals, there were 100 pitchers -- yes, 100 -- who had ERAs over 5.25 last season (among guys who worked at least 25 innings). But we don't care whom those pitchers hate to see heading for home plate. What we cared about, for the purposes of this piece, was uncovering a hitter whom pitchers like Johan Santana, Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum hate to see stepping into that box -- aside from the obvious choices (Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, yada yada yada). And the answer is Ryan Braun, ladies and gentlemen.
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