Brewers: What to do with Rickie Weeks?
Unquestionably the biggest source of frustration for Brewers fans thus far is Rickie Weeks. For a second year in a row Weeks is mired in a deep slump early in the season. Last year's slump could be attributed to his lingering ankle injury from 2011. But this year Weeks is healthy. So what is the issue?
On Wednesday night manager Ron Roenicke dropped Weeks to seventh in the lineup. The change did nothing to help Weeks who went 0-3. The boos from the home crowd were audible after Weeks struck out with two men on in the second. Granted, it's just one night but Weeks doesn't seem to be comfortable anywhere in the lineup, including seventh.
As Roenicke asked, what's the alternative? What if a day off doesn't help? Like it or not, Weeks is in for the long haul. For starters, there's no one else who can play second base every day. Second, with $10 million committed to Weeks this year and $11 million next year the Brewers can't just part ways with him. And trading him certainly isn't an option considering his play this year.
So what can Roenicke do? The obvious solution seems to be sit him down, even if it's just for one game. The Brewers will embark on a 10 day, 10 game road trip starting Friday. It would seem odd to sit Weeks on the first game of a road trip especially after an off day. To be sure, putting either Alex Gonzalez or Jeff Bianchi in the lineup, even for a day, doesn't look like much of an alternative. However, Roenicke may not have much of a choice. It's true that hitters hit their way through a slump, as Weeks did last year. But at some point you have to think that trotting him out there every day isn't doing him any good.