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Ron Roenicke: ‘We’re not swinging the bat that well’

For the 13th consecutive game, the Milwaukee Brewers failed to score six or more runs as they were defeated 6-2 by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Over their last four games, in which they have a record of 1-3, the Brewers have scored a total of 10 runs and have given up 23. After last night’s loss, manager Ron Roenicke said the offense needs to step it up, but doesn’t intend to switch up the lineup.

“We’re not swinging the bat that well,” Roenicke told reporters. “The combination of what we have — we put some more left-handers in today with [Caleb] Gindl and [Logan] Schafer. We thought it would be a little bit better against Cueto. It’s hard to say what to do with the lineup. The guys are playing enough and if somebody’s hot they’re going to be in there more. As a group, we’ll get it going.”

“We’re not swinging the bat that well.”

The Brewers are 18th in runs, 17th in batting average and 25th on-base percentage. But because of strong and effective pitching, the Brewers (21-10) have the best record in baseball.

And while the Brewers only managed three hits against Cincinnati, all against starter Johnny Cueto, first baseman Mark Reynolds said the team isn’t worried.

“At the end of the day, a loss is a loss, but some losses mentally hurt more than others,” Reynolds said. “Today, we just ran into a good pitcher. You can’t do anything about it. You just move on and get ready for tomorrow.”

If the Brewers split the series with the Reds today, they’ll be 4-3 on this week’s road trip. And considering they made a stop at Busch Stadium to face the Cardinals before coming to Cincinnati, that’s one heck of a week. But if the offense continues to sputter, Roenicke might have to change up his lineup card.

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  • Glenn

    No, there is no point giving up a pick for a speedster on the wrong side of 30. If he was the last piece of the championship puzzle then sure, but why pay that price to finish in 4th rather than 5th? Mets need to stay the rebuilding course and build up the farm for the future or potential future trades.

  • MikeLecolant.BTB

    As part of that Moneyball thing, another minor detail is Sandy really doesn’t believe in stolen bases. Working in Bourne’s favor, good center fielders are hard to come by. I would like to have the defense and speed he brings. I really would. I believe in being strong up the middle. However, a three year deal is out of the question for me. And a one year deal hardly seems worth the effort. In the Mets present situation, his price would do more harm than help. He just will not create enough impact to warrant five million dollars less than David Wright makes. The Mets just aren’t there yet. For at least another season, the Mets should still be trying to secure young talent. So in this case, I’d rather keep the pick, which I believe is going to be #11 overall. I agree, the history of 1st round picks is a strong argument to indeed try and sign Bourne. A #1 pick in baseball is perhaps a small price to pay. So yes, the signing would make sense. He would certainly be an improvement. But philosophically speaking, I think the Mets should exercise discipline, and stay the rebuilding course as GLENN says.

  • Marc Seligman

    I kind of agree with you. Bourne however is far from perfect. First he’s lefty and we need righty in the outfield. Second, he strikes out way too much. Third, he’s coming off a career year. If you notice, as great as he supposedly is, no one is jumping at him. Personally I’d be willing to give Arizona Tejada or Flores plus two pitchers not named Wheeler, Harvey or Niese for Upton. Not a crazy thought as it’s pretty close to what the Mariners offered. We’d still need a centerfielder BUT, we added power, a few years of control, plus he’s Wright’s buddy so David might be a good influence on him.

  • Rich

    Mike, the disdain for the SB is my primary concern with Alderson. He points to teams who make the post-season as being heavy with power. But what happened to the Yankees, who rely on power more than any other team, when that power vanished? Two of the last 3 WS have been won by SF, a notoriously low HR team. And Glenn, I hear what you’re saying about speed and 30+. I still think they have to improve the OF and leadoff spot, and here’s a way without trading the pieces that are already in the organization.