Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Different strategy for the Brewers?

The Milwaukee Brewers have been a tough team to figure out in 2013.

They started out 2-8, won nine straight to move three games over.500 before losing nine of ten to fall to 15-20.

The Brewers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Monday night to help break out of that funk, but it was an interesting offensive game plan that helped Milwaukee do so.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke sat Rickie Weeks after playing him in 35 straight games and seeing a .181 batting average in return. Roenicke also reluctantly sat slugger Ryan Braun with a stiff neck Monday night, giving Roenicke two open slots in the line-up to tinker with.

The result? An idea I can get behind.

Milwaukee batted Norichika Aoki in his regular lead-off role, had Jean Segura bat second and then inserted Carlos Gomez into the No. 3 spot for the first time in his career.
The result? The trio went 7-for-14 with six stolen bases.

It's an incredibly small sample size, being just one game (against the Pirates too), but it's an idea that, for the Brewers, just might work.

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