So who still thinks Ryan Braun was juicing last year?
Ryan Braun: all-star outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, and last year’s NL MVP no matter what that whiner in LA says.
Let’s go to the stats!
At the All-Star Break, Braun is leading the National League with 24 home runs, and is in second place with 60 RBI. Last season, Braun finished with 33 home runs and 111 RBI. And that’s the whole season, mind you, because I’m too lazy to look up the halfway stats. So he’s well on his way to shattering his own personal records and the numbers that won him an MVP.
Oh, and by the way, he compiled those numbers while batting in front of Prince Fielder, who by the way just became only the second major leaguer ever to win two home run derbies.
Fielder plays for Detroit now, and Milwaukee never really replaced him. Which means Braun’s doing better in a weaker lineup.
So unless you think he’s juicing this year just to prove he wasn’t juicing last year, you have to take it all back.
UPDATE - 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, one RBI and one run scored.
Indeed. Probably not enough to earn the MVP – looks like Cabrera or Sandoval for that, whoever they are – but a fine night for the unconscionably maligned Braun, who wasn’t picked to compete in the home run derby despite leading the National League in that category.
UPDATE II – turns out Braun chose not to compete in the home run derby. I dunno whether he made that choice before or after being asked, but it wasn’t a snub, at least.