The Milwaukee Brewers (81-78) will be taking on the San Diego Padres (75-84) for the last series of the regular season. Milwaukee has been officially eliminated from playoff contention so at this point they are just trying to finish the season above .500.
After playing so well for the past month, the Brewers fell apart at the end. The games they needed to have they simply could not win as the pitching and offense both disappeared. Series losses against the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros sealed Milwaukee’s fate. The only thing to do now is dominate San Diego and carry the momentum into next season.
The following is the Brewers’ starting lineup against the Padres:
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: Carlos Gomez
Shortstop: Jean Segura
Pitcher: Shaun Marcum
Shaun Marcum is looking to end the season with back-to-back wins so he can enter free agency on a wave of confidence. It does not appear Milwaukee will be bringing Marcum back next year unless they can sign him for dirt cheap, which means he will have to win a new team over with his final performance tonight.
Jean Segura gets the start at shortstop and will need to play good the next three games in order to prove to the Brewers that he is worthy of the starting job next season. The last thing Milwaukee wants to do is put a platoon at shortstop next year so hopefully Segura can secure the job outright.
Carlos Gomez will most likely play in center the next three games as the Brewers need to find out who their center fielder of the future is. Milwaukee will be looking for an offensive outfielder who can play center this offseason, but the team will most likely keep Gomez due to his superb defensive skills.
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