The Milwaukee Brewers desperately need to win Wednesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds to keep their postseason hopes alive after falling 4 ½ games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, they need to win their last eight games to even have a prayer.
Starter Michael Fiers was unable to pitch past the fifth inning for the fifth consecutive outing and has clearly lost confidence in his arsenal the past few weeks. Aramis Ramirez did hit a home run but no Brewer was able to record more than two hits, as the team was only able to muster five total.
The following is Milwaukee’s starting lineup against Cincinnati for Sept. 26:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy
Center Field: Logan Schafer
Shortstop: Jeff Bianchi
Pitcher: Shaun Marcum
Shaun Marcum will take the mound for the Brewers and will try to record his first win since June 8. Marcum has clearly been out of sync since returning from the disabled list as he has surrendered 17 earned runs in 29 innings. Milwaukee desperately needs him to be running on all cylinders tonight if they want any shot of winning the ball game.
Logan Schafer gets the start in center field, his first since going 2-for-2 in his first Major League start on Sept. 23 against the Washington Nationals. Since then Schafer has gone 0-for-1 in two games. Manager Ron Roenicke has elected to go with the youngster over Nyjer Morgan because he brings an offensive bat to the plate and is better defensively.
Jeff Bianchi has recorded only two hits in his last 13 plate appearances, but apparently, Roenicke believes switching it up will be good for the ball club. Personally, I would feel more comfortable with Jean Segura in the lineup with the season on the line considering he has 13 hits, four RBIs, and six runs in his last 10 games.