Milwaukee lost all three games against the Royals by one run and the worst part about it is they easily should have been victorious. The bullpen, and more specifically John Axford, completely let the team down. The Brewers must put their embarrassing series against the Royals behind them if they want to get back in the race for the National League Central division.
The Brewers will have another good chance to make up some ground, as they will be taking on an equally struggling team in the Twins. If Milwaukee loses three games against another team they should sweep then the division could really be lost for good.
The following is the Brewers lineup against the Twins for Friday night:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Designated Hitter: Rickie Weeks
Shortstop: Cody Ransom
Catcher: Martin Maldonado
Second Base: Edwin Maysonet
Rickie Weeks will be the designated hitter for tonight as manager Ron Roenicke continues to give different players rest during these interleague series. Having Norichika Aoki lead off seems to be working out, which is no surprise considering he gets on base every game.
Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Corey Hart seem to be working well together in the three, four, and five spots. Hart is better made for the fifth spot while Ramirez hits better when he has a decent batter protecting him. Obviously, Braun hits well either way but it is good to have solid batters behind him.
Martin Maldonado will be back behind home plate catching after taking a couple nights off. Hopefully, he will be able to bail the Brewers out with some clutch home runs.