Rickie Weeks Needs Better 2013 For Milwaukee Brewers

By Andy Schmidt
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The 2012 season for Rickie Weeks was one that can be looked at in several different ways. You could look at the fact Weeks hit over 20 home runs for the third straight year. You can examine Weeks striking out 169 times or you can take a look at Weeks hitting only .230. If the Milwaukee Brewers want to be a team that can make the playoffs in 2013, Weeks has to be better than he was in 2012.

Weeks has been the leadoff hitter in Milwaukee and the job of the leadoff man is to get on base. Weeks didn’t do that nearly enough with an on-base percentage of .328 when it should be closer to .400. If the Brewers can find a different leadoff hitter to go with, their chances go up for winning because Weeks isn’t a leadoff man. Weeks should be hitting somewhere around sixth in the order. Weeks has proved he has power and can drive runs in but his batting average is too low for the top of the lineup.

Weeks turned 30 years old last season and is now going into his ninth year in Milwaukee, I think we have seen the peak of what Weeks can do at the plate. Weeks is error-prone in the field as well with at least 15 errors the last three seasons. That combination spells trouble in my mind and for a player making more than $10 million a season, it can’t continue to happen. This is a year where Weeks has to step up as a leader on this team especially early on and fix his problems.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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