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3/30 – 4/5 Brewers Week In Review

April 6, 2015

The Brewers are ready to start the regular season. They set their roster, finished their last spring games, and are all set to open the season at Miller Park against the Rockies. As far as injuries go, they are looking pretty good. The Brewers are hoping to show that they are more like the team that spent 150 days in first place last year and not the team that faded down the stretch.

The Brewers lost to the Reds, Cubs, and Padres to open the week before beating the Indians on Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s win was capped off by Luis Sardiñas’ walk off single, driving in Hector Gomez for a 4-3 win. That sent to Brewers to Milwaukee on a winning note.

The Brewers’ rotation is solid. They have Kyle Lohse starting on Opening Day, followed by Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, and Jimmy Nelson. The bullpen is anchored by closer Francisco Rodriguez, who is joined by Jonathan Broxton, Neal Cotts, Michael Blazek, Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith, and Tyler Thornburg.

There were not many questions about who the starting eight would be once they acquired Adam Lind to play first base. Scooter Gennett will be taking over second base full time this season, with Jean Segura playing shortstop and Aramis Ramirez playing third. The outfield starters from left to right will be Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, and Ryan Braun. And, of course, Jonathan Lucroy will take his spot behind the plate.

The Brewers are going to carry two infielders and two outfielders on their bench to start the season. Luis Jimenez will be Ramirez’s primary backup, while Hector Gomez will be Jean Segura’s backup. Either one can play second base to give Gennett a day off. In the outfield, Gerardo Parra and Logan Schafer will be able to play all three positions. Martin Maldonado returns as Lucroy’s backup.

Braun looks healthy after an off season procedure on his right thumb. Going in to the final Spring Training game, he was hitting .395 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs. Lucroy has shown no ill effects from a pulled hamstring just before Spring Training, hitting .435 with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs.

The Brewers are looking to show that they are the team that led the NL Central for most of 2014 and not the team that collapsed down the stretch. They are a better team right now than they were at the beginning of last season. They should get more production at first base from Lind, they have a gold-glove winner coming off the bench in Parra, and with the addition of Broxton, the bullpen is even better.

Weekly Record: 2-3

Season Record: 13-16-1

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