The Milwaukee Brewers lost only their fourth series of the season after taking just one out of three from the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. There is certainly no reason to panic as Milwaukee still possesses the best record in baseball for the time being. With that being said, the offense has begun to slump, and the pitching staff is beginning to unravel a bit. For that reason, the Brewers need slugger Ryan Braun back in the lineup more than ever.
Over the last six games, Aramis Ramirez is batting a measly .087 (2-for-23) at the plate, while Khris Davis’ .136 batting average is not much better. Their combined three runs batted in are simply not going to get the job done for a team that is trying to weather the storm without its best player. It is in that moment when the other players must raise their level of play.
In Ramirez’s defense, he got off to a scorching hot start. It was only a matter of time until he fell back down to earth. Even so, collecting just two hits in six games is not acceptable for the cleanup hitter. As far as Davis is concerned, he must get his act together. Game-winning home runs are great, but the Brewers need a consistent presence at the plate.
Losing to a team that began the series with the worst record in the National League doesn’t feel too good. Milwaukee should have mopped the floor with Arizona, even if the Diamondbacks are not as bad as their record suggests.
The good news is Braun is expected to return for Tuesday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s been hitting in the batting cage this week, and he has begun to feel a lot better. His return will prove to be important for obvious reasons. However, it will be increasingly good considering Carlos Gomez is expected to be suspended for anywhere between one and three games in the near future, depending on how is appeal goes on Friday.
The fact that Milwaukee’s lead in the NL Central standings is dwindling means that Braun will have to produce on offense right out of the gate. Hopefully, he has what it takes to get the team back on track against a division rival.