The Milwaukee Brewers will have to bust out the bats if they want to avoid being swept by the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. They will also have to do it without Ryan Braun, as he will be getting the day off.
Milwaukee lost another nail bitter in which they scored three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game. Prior to those runs the Brewers were hitless against Bronson Arroyo, who was flawless up until that point. After tying the game in the top of the inning, Brewers closer John Axford was inexplicably put in the game in the bottom of the eighth. The first batter he saw, Jay Bruce, crushed a solo shot to center field, which was the eventual winning run.
I do not believe sitting Braun in a must-win game is a good idea and I did not like Corey Hart sitting out the game yesterday. These games against the Reds are critical considering it is a chance to get one up on the leader of the division. Obviously, a team wants to play their best against division opponents but that is not possible when the best players are taking days off. If Hart and Braun needed a day, they should have taken some rest in the series prior to this one.
The following is the Brewers starting lineup against the Reds for Wednesday afternoon:
Left Field: Norichika Aoki
Right Field: Nyjer Morgan
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Catcher: Martin Maldonado
Shortstop: Cody Ransom
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Pitcher: Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke will take the mound and try to play savior for the Brewers. He is coming off his best performance of the year in which he pitched nine scoreless innings and only gave up three hits. Greinke has never lost to the Reds in his career and ironically, this could be one of the more important matchups against them.
Aramis Ramirez and Hart will have to pick up the slack at the plate but let’s be honest, the entire team needs to improve offensively. It is an absolute disgrace the way the Brewers have been handling themselves at the plate by giving the starting pitchers zero run support.