The Lineups are out for Friday’s game and so are the questions. As many Milwaukee Brewers fans look at the lineup they are left scratching their heads, wondering how a team that hasn’t hit is starting two lefties that cannot hit left handed pitching. But even with the decision to start both Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, Ron Roenicke is making a great move tonight as this lineup is ready for an outburst.
With the way that Lind has been swinging throughout the first three games it would be nearly impossible to take him out tonight. Not only is he batting .600, but he has also been driving the ball with authority. Taking him out would make zero sense. Though he has struggled against lefties, he still remains a better option against them than any choice they had last season vs. either a righty or lefty. Last year though Mark Reynolds showcased power, he batted just .196 and couldn’t hit pitchers from either side of the mound. Brewers radio announcer compared the last full seasons of both Reynolds and Lind against left handed pitching and the numbers are not even close.
Yes the team could go with the unproven Luis Jimenez in this spot, but with Sunday’s afternoon game providing a chance for the team to give Jonathan Lucroy a start at first base, taking Lind out of the lineup for two out of three games is not in the team’s best interest.
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Starting Scooter Gennett may be harder to argue for, but early on it is good to see him at least getting a shot to continue to see everyday at-bats no matter who is pitching. With so few major league chances against lefties, it is hard to say that he cannot hit left handers. Block also tweeted his minor league numbers against left handeders and while they are not great, he still has earned an opportunity to prove himself.
My favorite part of tonight’s lineup is the move of Khris Davis into the five spot. With a powerful bat, he is one of the most underrated young hitters in the National League. He has the ability to crush left handed pitching and it will be nice to see him in a more run producing spot of the order. With Braun back and a lineup that has been quiet for days, this sure to be criticized lineup is ready to produce.