Milwaukee Brewers: Rickie Weeks Continues to Prove He Belongs on the Bench
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to give second baseman Rickie Weeks a chance to pull it together. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. The truth is the fans in Milwaukee would love nothing more than to see Weeks succeed, but the reality is he belongs on the bench if the Brewers want to achieve greatness in 2014.
Weeks proved once again in Tuesday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies that he isn’t worth taking Scooter Gennett out of the lineup. Weeks pinch-hit for the second-year player in the top of the seventh inning when the Phillies made a pitching change. The move made sense because Gennett is a left-handed batter, and Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg is a right-handed pitcher. However, Weeks’ struggles are exactly why every Brewers fan watching the contest sighed in unison.
In Weeks’ defense, he didn’t strike out or ground out to the second baseman on the first pitch he saw. A fly-out to right field at least shows he’s making progress. With that being said, that fly-out is what prevented Gennett from recording his possible third hit in as many attempts in the game.
Manager Ron Roenicke hasn’t made too many bad decisions thus far this season. However, there’s no question allowing Weeks to take the place of Gennett with a runner in scoring position is a mistake that can’t be repeated.
I give Milwaukee credit for trying to stick with Weeks, but at some point, enough is enough. Gennett has proven he can handle the duties at second base on a full-time basis. Instead of trying to give Weeks opportunities, the organization should be figuring out who they can call up in his place.
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