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Brewers blossoming at Miller Park in May

Sunday, May 1: The Milwaukee Brewers' Chris Carter hits a two-run home run during the third inning against the Miami Marlins in Milwaukee. Carter had two homers in the 14-5 win.

Sunday, May 1: The Milwaukee Brewers' Chris Carter hits a two-run home run during the third inning against the Miami Marlins in Milwaukee. Carter had two homers in the 14-5 win.

Forget May flowers, the Milwaukee Brewers have been blooming at home since the calendar changed from April.

The Brewers didn't have the best of Aprils at Miller Park, posting a 5-8 record while scoring 4.8 runs per game with a .242 team batting average and 5.46 team ERA.

But since the start of May, Milwaukee has turned things around, with a 5-3 record in the month on 5.1 runs per game with a .309 team batting average and 4.17 team ERA.

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One reason for Milwaukee's success at Miller Park has been the longball.

The Brewers are third in the majors in percentage of home runs hit at home. Twenty-seven of their 42 homers (64.3 percent) have been hit at Miller Park. Only the Reds (80.0 percent) and Yankees (75.7 percent) have a higher rate and the Dodgers (61.1 percent) are the only other team at 60 percent clip or higher.

Speaking of extra-base hits, Milwaukee first baseman Chris Carter keeps pounding them, as does a member of the visiting Chicago Cubs.

HIGHEST % OF HITS FOR EXTRA BASES

Player Team Pct.
Chris Carter Brewers 66.7
David Ortiz Red Sox 65.9
Jose Bautista Blue Jays 60.0
Trevor Story Rockies 59.5
Anthony Rizzo Cubs 58.3

This week's Brewers-Cubs series features two of the players with the biggest increase in batting average from last season.

Player Team 2015 BA 2016 BA Increase
Daniel Murphy Nationals .281 .400 +.119
Martin Prado Marlins .288 .381 +.093
Nick Castellanos Tigers .255 .367 +.087
Ryan Braun Brewers .285 .367 +.082
Dexter Fowler Cubs .250 .331 +.081

Statistics courtesy STATS Inc.