By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 15, 2014
The loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night was tough for the Milwaukee Brewers because it ended their stellar 9-game win streak. The good news is the Brewers are very capable of starting another impressive streak. However, that will only happen if these five players step up and begin to contribute at a higher level.
Scooter Gennett has been outstanding on defense so far this season, but his performance at the plate needs to improve if Milwaukee wants to string some wins together. Gennett isn’t someone who will provide a lot of power. What he can do is get on base more often than not, which is something he needs to showcase more.
The Brewers kept Lyle Overbay over Juan Francisco because of his glove. As good as his defense is Milwaukee would like him to turn out some doubles at a more efficient pace. If the Brewers want to begin another win streak, they will need the role players to step up when given the opportunity.
Fans were spoiled last season after Jean Segura put forth incredible numbers on offense. It’s that very reason that makes it obvious Segura is off to a slow start. The good news is he’s slowly getting his batting average to a respectable place. However, the Brewers will need more out of him real soon.
Starter Matt Garza has had back-to-back rough starts. In reality, his outings weren’t even that bad. It’s just that Milwaukee has been so good through the first 13 games of the season that his performance has stood out in an unfavorable light. If Garza can get back to his production from his first start of the year, the Brewers will be untouchable.
With the exception of his three-home run, seven-RBI performance against the Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Braun has been very quiet. The fact that Milwaukee was able to string nine wins together without Braun really doing much of anything as far as run production is concerned shows how talented the team truly is. If the Brewers want another win streak to begin, they will need Braun to lead the charge.
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