Milwaukee Brewers Must Give Rickie Weeks Day Off
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is the only player left on the team who has played in all 20 games this season. If anyone on the Brewers needs a day off to collect their thoughts, it is Weeks.
Over the last seven games, Weeks is batting .125 (3-for-24) with one double, five walks, five runs and nine strikeouts. Overall, the right-handed batter has posted a .169 batting average with one home run, three RBI, four doubles, 10 walks, four stolen bases and a team-high 28 strikeouts in 77 at-bats.
Many have consistently asked Brewers manager Ron Roenicke if Weeks is going to get a day off anytime soon. Roenicke has reportedly talked to Weeks about sitting out a game, but received a response indicating the 10th year player would like to swing his way out of his slump.
The Florida native did break his four-game hitless streak with a single in the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. However, he did commit two errors (throw, fielding) in the game while playing second base. In fact, he should have been given three errors. His throwing error in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Padres their second run of the game, the run that ultimately gave them the win.
Roenicke sat right fielder Norichika Aoki Monday night against San Diego because he was struggling at the plate. Ironically, Aoki is batting .125, the same as Weeks, over his last seven games. The difference between the two is that Aoki has been far more productive on offense this season.
I would personally be very surprised if Roenicke did not sit Weeks out of Friday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is no question a night off could get him back on the right track.