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Seeing Ryan Braun slam home runs in bunches shouldn't be a surprise.
Seeing Ryan Braun slam home runs in bunches shouldn't be a surprise. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Braun's power surges no surprise

Ryan Braun "broke out" Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia with a three-homer performance in a Milwaukee Brewers victory, his first long balls of 2014 and his first since May 22, 2013.

Factoring in injury and suspension, it was a 25-game drought.

If it seems like a long time, it is – but not for Braun.

In 2010, he went 22 games without a home run. In fact, Braun typically goes long stretches without going deep.

Here are Braun’s longest homerless streaks:

2007: 10 games
2008: 18, 10, 15, 13, 10
2009: 17, 19, 10, 14
2010: 14, 15, 11, 11, 22
2011: 13, 16, 11, 11
2012: 10, 11
2013: 11, 10, 20

And those are just the double-digit periods. In his career, he has gone at least five consecutive games without a home run 58 times.

In 950 career games, Braun has gone without a home run 529 times.

With the three dingers Tuesday, don’t be surprised if Braun hits two to three more in the next week, either. This is what he does.

He typically catches fire in pockets of games anywhere from four to eight times in a season.

2007: 34 homers in 61 total games.
2008: 31 in 47
2009: 24 in 42
2010: 14 in 30
2011: 25 in 49
2012: 34 in 63
2013: 6 in 11

Of his 214 career home runs, 168 have come in just 303 games.

What does it all mean?

It means he’s the epitome of a "streak" power hitter, and he’s been that way since Day 1 in the major leagues back in 2007.

So, enjoy the ride for the next week, and wait patiently for the next wave to roll in.

Talkbacks

Photodavie | April 10, 2014 at 7:54 a.m. (report)

36366 You have to wonder if there was a pee cup waiting for Braun in the locker room after Tuesday's game.

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