Brewers: Will the shake up lead to a break out?
How bad has it gotten for the Brewers? In the fifth inning on Monday night the Brewers issued a two-out intentional walk to the eighth hitter to get to pitcher Tommy Milone, who then singled in a runner from second. That's an AL pitcher we're talking about at the plate.
A situation like this means it's time for a change. On Monday the Brewers finally called up second baseman Scooter Gennett and the youngster will be in the lineup for the second game of the Oakland series. Gennett is only 23 and is still developing so you've got to believe that by calling him up the Brewers are serious about giving him playing time. Even in a platoon Rickie Weeks will still get some at-bats but at least the Brewers won't be trotting him out day after day. Perhaps this will finally give Weeks a lift at the plate but ultimately the offensive woes are not isolated to one player.
The Gennett call up was one of a series of moves made by the Brewers on Monday. It's clear the Brewers wanted to shore up their infield depth. Mike Fiers was optioned back to Nashville and the move was necessary based on his previous two starts however the team didn't bring up a starting pitcher to replace Fiers. With Hiram Burgos on the DL, Chris Narveson rehabbing and Marco Estrada now day-to-day with a hamstring issue the Brewers are running out of arms to fill out the rotation. Even at full strength the rotation simply hasn't been effective enough. The only legitimate option at Triple-A Nashville is Johnny Hellweg so a full-scale overhaul isn't going to happen.
The Brewers have been in a tough spot the last few weeks with a weak offense and an ineffective rotation. This recent shake up may help temporarily but for a real fix the Brewers need the guys currently on the roster to consistently produce for a break out to happen.