Batting Order Milwaukee Brewers Must Use to Score More Runs

Batting Order Milwaukee Brewers Must Use to Score More Runs

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The Milwaukee Brewers rank fifth in the National League in runs scored (147) and third in home runs (40) heading into Sunday’s series finale against the New York Yankees. With that being said, many feel that the team can be doing much better on offense, which is a nod to how good the Brewers truly are this season. In order to improve the offense, here is an improved batting order Milwaukee must use to score more runs.

1. Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett
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1. Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett
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Even though Scooter Gennett would probably be more effective in the seventh spot, he’s the best option for the Brewers as a leadoff hitter. He’s not a guy who is going to hit a lot of home runs, but he will hit for average. Even though his .317 on-base percentage is a little low for a leadoff hitter, he has the speed on the bases and ability to hit for contact that Milwaukee will need out of the No. 1 spot.

2. Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy
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2. Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy
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Jonathan Lucroy is a patient hitter who has what it takes to work a count. He also hits for average (.298), occasional power (two home runs), and gets on base (.365). More importantly, he doesn’t strike out a lot, which is critical in front of the big hitters. Lucroy also leads the team in doubles, which means he can get in scoring position quickly in front of the No. 3 and No. 4 hitters.

3. Ryan Braun

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3. Ryan Braun

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Ryan Braun isn’t going anywhere. He’s a game changer who can do it all on offense, which is exactly what the Brewers need in the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

4. Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez
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4. Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez
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Along with Braun, Aramis Ramirez is good exactly where he is. Even though he can get into a funk at the plate, the slugger has the necessary power to be an ideal cleanup hitter.

5. Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez
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5. Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez
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The biggest change is dropping Carlos Gomez from the leadoff spot to No. 5 in the batting order. Many fans may not understand this move but there’s logic to it. Gomez leads the team with nine home runs, all of which have been solo shots. With his aggressive style of hitting (45 strikeouts) and solid run production (21 RBI), Gomez will fit perfectly in the No. 5 spot where he can swing away and not necessarily worry about OBP.

6. Mark Reynolds

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6. Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds
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Putting Mark Reynolds in the No. 6 spot in the batting order will give Gomez enough protection to make him an even better hitter. Reynolds doesn’t have a good batting average (.227) and he strikes out a lot as well. However, his eight home runs and 13 RBI in 97 at-bats are very encouraging. Putting him any lower in the batting order would be a waste of his ability to hit the long ball and knock in runs.

7. Jean Segura

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7. Jean Segura

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Jean Segura’s production has fallen way off from last season, which is why he will bat No. 7. The season is still early and Segura has proven talent. In fact, hitting this low in the batting order isn’t necessary bad because it will allow him to concentrate more without feeling any legitimate pressure to get on base in front of the sluggers. Also, his speed will allow him to be a pest on the base paths at the bottom of the order, which is good to

8. Khris Davis

Khris Davis
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8. Khris Davis

Khris Davis
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Khris Davis has proven power. Unfortunately, his inability to stay patient at the plate or deliver when the opportunity presents itself is why he must hit eighth. The good news is no other team in baseball has someone with as much power as Davis batting that deep in the order, which gives Milwaukee a big advantage.

9. Pitcher Spot

Pitcher Spot
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9. Pitcher Spot

Pitcher Spot
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As usual, the ninth spot is reserved for the starting pitcher. The Brewers have seen their starters have a lot of success at the plate in years past and 2014 doesn’t appear to be too much different. The batting average isn’t there, but two of Milwaukee’s starters have combined for four RBI.

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