The Milwaukee Brewers (83-78) will take on the San Diego Padres (75-86) for game No. 162 of the regular season. This season has flown by quicker than in previous years as expectations faded multiple times throughout the year.
It was certainly kind of the Brewers to make one last legitimate run at a postseason berth, even though they fell short. The good news is Milwaukee’s statistics prove that the Brewers will be a team to be reckoned with in 2013, as I personally believe they will be the frontrunners to win the National League Central division.
The following is Milwaukee’s starting lineup against San Diego for the last game of the season:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
First Base: Travis Ishikawa
Shortstop: Jean Segura
Pitcher: Josh Stinson
Josh Stinson will make his first Major League start Wednesday night. Stinson has already appeared in five games for the Brewers as a September call up. In those five games, he posted a 0-0 record three strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. With those numbers, he definitely deserves a chance to show what he can do in a starting situation.
Most of the regulars are back in the starting lineup after seven rookies got their shot last night in a win against the Padres. The only every day starter not playing is Corey Hart due to his ongoing foot injury. Travis Ishikawa should do a fine job in his place, as he is 2-for-5 with a run in his last three games.
It is certainly sad that the end of the season is already over. As much frustration the Brewers brought to the city of Milwaukee this year, they also brought plenty of joy. Hopefully, management will be able to make the right moves to give the Brewers the necessary tools to be competitive next season. Also, hopefully season-ending injuries will not be a factor next time around.
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