Manager Ron Roenicke continues to impress in the opening games of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The Milwaukee Brewers skipper has elected to start outfielder Logan Schafer and utility infielder Jeff Bianchi in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves. There’s no question this is the right call for several reasons.
For starters, Roenicke understands the importance of getting all of the players on the roster time on the field in the first week of the season. The last thing he needs is rusty bench players not being able to accomplish much when they get the chance to play.
Another reason why Roenicke’s decision to start Schafer in left field and Bianchi at shortstop is a smart move is because it has the chance to put a spark in the offense. Left fielder Khris Davis and shortstop Jean Segura have struggled out of the gate. In fact, the two have combined to go 0-for-14 at the plate. Typically, managers don’t mind seeing their players hit out of an early slump. However, the struggles coincide with the opportunity to get two bench players some value time in a game.
There is speculation that Segura’s shoulder injury is acting up, which hasn’t allowed him to perform on offense as we have all grown accustom to seeing. At this point, it makes more sense to give him a day off rather than allowing him to play. The Brewers have a tough decision in front of them on deciding if two weeks on the 15-day disabled list is better than letting him ride the injury out.
Scooter Gennett and Lyle Overbay are back in the lineup at first and second base, respectively.