The Brewers enter the 2013 season with a fair amount of uncertainty on their bench, but if recent history is any indication the players who end up there are going to see a lot of action in the coming months. Brewer pinch hitters made 315 plate appearances in 2012, the second highest total in all of baseball:
This is one of the easiest ways to highlight the differences between the National and American League games. The bottom 14 teams on the above list represent the entire AL. The Royals are 30th, having used just 59 pinch hitters all season. As an AL team in 1988 the Brewers used just 38.
The Brewers' .627 team OPS pinch hitting looks ugly, but was only a little below the .655 NL average. Brewer pinch hitters did lead the league with 42 RBI, but hit just four home runs and posted a batting line roughly comparable to the career marks of Cesar Izturis.
A Few Inches On Pinch Hitting
Brew Crew Ball | Jan 29