Milwaukee Brewers: Mark Reynolds Proving He Belongs
The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in baseball. Their current five-game win streak is enough for teams in the NL Central to take notice. The early success this season is most definitely a team effort. With that being said, there are certain players who have stepped up. Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez are two areas of focus, but newcomer Mark Reynolds is someone who is making the Brewers look smart for signing him this past offseason.
Originally, the idea was that veterans Reynolds and Lyle Overbay would platoon at first base. However, that is quickly turning into a one-man show. Reynolds is simply playing at a higher level. He’s doing more than just showing he belongs. He has become essential to Milwaukee winning games. Sure, the Brewers would have won without his two-run home run in the ninth inning Wednesday night, but it’s that type of insurance that will give the Brewers supreme confidence over their opponents.
Reynolds is batting .286 with two home runs, five RBI and one double in 21 at-bats. His nine strikeouts are a bit alarming but that’s something the Brewers expected. Reynolds is the type of player who was signed to crush homers and drive runs in. If a side effect of that is enough strikeouts to make Adam Dunn blush, then so be it. All that matters is that he continues to produce offensively every chance he gets.
There are players on Milwaukee’s roster who have put up jaw-dropping numbers in the first eight games of the season. People expect Ramirez, Gomez, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy to light up the scoreboard. However, the only way the Brewers will be dominant on a daily basis is if players such as Reynolds give them a boost. Hopefully, Reynolds’ early success is a sign of good things to come.