The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team in baseball without a win and the lineup is definitely pressing. Coming off of a spring training where the lineup raked, no one expected this. With game two of the Pirates series approaching, another lineup shuffle is great to see.
The biggest change in the lineup is that usual cleanup hitter, Aramis Ramirez, has been demoted from the four to the five spot in the lineup. Instead of simply being demoted, beat writer Tom Haudricourt, is reporting that Ramirez went to manager Ron Roenicke and asked to be moved down for the good of the team.
This is great to see from the Brewers’ veteran. Often the lineup spot is something that hitters take personally, to see a struggling player like Ramirez move for the good of the team is great for the rest of the season. With run producing bats like Khris Davis and Adam Lind available and Ramirez’s bat aging, this could be a sign of things to come for the rest of the season. Making a move like this shows great leadership from Ramirez, a player who wants to win in his final season.
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The other lineup move for tonight’s game is the benching of Scooter Gennett. Earning everyday day playing time this spring, Gennett has been visibly frustrated in his play so far this season. Even before last night’s ejection, Gennett had several outbursts, showing that he was clearly upset with his at-bats.
This spring Gennett batted .308 with seven doubles and looked fully ready to be an everyday major league second baseman. Taking a day or two off might be just what he needs to get himself back in the right mind set for the season.