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3/16 – 3/22 Brewers Week In Review

March 23, 2015
Ryan Braun

Photo: Chris Carlson, AP

The Brewers are getting set for the season, now just 2 weeks away. The position battles have been heating up. The rotation is almost set and all but one of the bullpen spots are spoken for. In other news, manager Ron Roenicke’s contract has been extended.

The Brewers exercised their 2016 option on Roenicke’s contract. That will take away a distraction, as he will not have to answer questions about whether or not he will be back in 2016, especially after last season’s fade down the stretch. GM Doug Melvin cited Roenicke’s winning percentage (.517) and compared it to Joe Madden’s (.517), Bob Melvin’s (.516), and Bruce Bochy’s (.502). Roenicke has had success in Milwaukee, and Melvin is counting on more of it this season.

The Brewers have many of their players returning to their positions. The Brewers are planning on carrying 12 pitchers, which leaves room for 13 position players. LF Khris Davis, CF Carlos Gomez, RF Ryan Braun, and OF Gerardo Parra are set in the outfield. On the infield, there is 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, 2B Scooter Gennett, and newcomer 1B Adam Lind. C Jonathan Lucroy and C Martin Maldonado will cover the catching duties. That leaves 3 spots open.

IF Luis Jimenez looks like he will be backing up Ramirez at third this season and IF Luis Sardiñas and IF Hector Gomez are battling for a utility infield position. 1B Matt Clark is making a strong argument for the last spot, hitting .353 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs. He is looking to back up Lind, even though the two are very similar. Lind has a questionable health history, so having Clark around can be a good thing. Also, a solid left handed bat on the bench is always a good thing. The Brewers can also carry 5 outfielders, which would have OF Logan Schafer taking the last spot. Or they could opt for a right handed bat and keep IF Jason Rogers.

The rotation is going to consist of Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, and Jimmy Nelson. The bullpen already has Francisco Rodriguez, Jonathan Broxton, Jeremy Jeffress, Brandon Kintzler, Will Smith, and Neal Cotts. Chris Perez, Tyler Thornton, and Rob Wooten are battling for the final bullpen spot.

The Brewers won on the road against the Padres, Royals, Rangers, and White Sox. They went 1-1 at home this week, losing to the Giants and beating the Diamondbacks. Braun got his first hit against the Giants and his first home run the next day against the Diamondbacks. Schafer, Lucroy, Braun, Clark, and Elian Herrera each went deep on Sunday against the White Sox.

Weekly Record: 5-1

Season Record: 8-10

 

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