Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson has a .552 career OPS across 872 plate appearances. His OPS+ is a ghastly 49. You could make a solid argument that, since he made his debut in 2017, he is the worst player in MLB. That’s the kind of conversation a -3.1 bWAR warrants, sadly. He’s put up halfway decent numbers against lefties recently, but overall, Lewis Brinson is a harsh reminder of the Christian Yelich trade disaster. There are few good things you can say about him as a player.
However, one of them is that he OWNS the Milwaukee Brewers, the team that traded him to Miami.
Brinson has a 1.095 OPS against his former employer, his best OPS against any team. Not only is it his highest OPS, it’s also his highest by 209 points (his next best figure is .886 against the Diamondbacks). Sweet Lew has smacked four home runs across just 29 plate appearances against the Brew Crew, two in Miami and two in Milwaukee. He’s hitting .321 and slugging a Barry Bonds-like .750. When this man plays the team that traded him away, he is looking to do one thing and one thing only: destroy the baseball.
Lewis Brinson is a relatively unassuming person. He’s kind, humble, and all-around just a good dude. When he plays the Brewers, though, something changes. There’s a certain edge to him. He adds an exclamation point onto his home runs when he rounds the bases. There’s some jawing going on. Lewis Brinson is not usually much of an extrovert on the field, but Milwaukee brings that flair out of him.
Shit. Maybe that’s the secret!
I say Brinson keeps this up. Home run or strike out, I hope he plays with a chip on his shoulder like he does when the Brewers come to town. This season might realistically be his last chance to stick around in the Majors, at least with the Marlins. Why not play with a little extra fire? If it produces the swings we see against Milwaukee, it’s certainly worth a shot.
Sweet Lew needs to be a little less sweet on the diamond.