Rickie Weeks was one of the Brewers' hottest hitters when he was in the two-hole in the lineup, batting .467 (7 for 15) for four games. Then, after a dalliance batting third while Ryan Braun was sidelined with muscle spasms in his neck, Weeks was moved to the cleanup spot by manager Ron Roenicke to fill in for injured Aramis Ramirez. Enter the ice age. In five games batting fourth entering play Tuesday night, Weeks was 1 for 22 (.045) with 12 strikeouts and no runs batted in. That drought dropped his overall average to .200. Despite that horrible slide, Weeks said before the game against the Giants he had not broached the subject with Roenicke to move to another spot in the lineup. "I'm fine with it," Weeks said. "We talked about it just the one time, the first day he did it. Obviously, you get pitched a little differently but it's all the same." Weeks said Roenicke told him it was best for the team for him to bat fourth and that was good enough for him. "You can't do that (complain)," he said. "We're trying to win games. I'm not one to make excuses or anything like that. I'm struggling a little bit but you've got to go out there; there's no pity party. "We've got to do our job as a team. It's not about me." Despite Weeks' willingness to take one for the team, Roenicke said he's still thinking about the cleanup spot on a daily basis. "I still think Rick fits the profile well when he's swinging the bat," Roenicke said. "He got out of whack at a time right when I put him in the four-spot. So, we'll figure that out, whether it's Rick or we move him back to second. I don't think 'Seggy' (Jean Segura) is going to want to hit fourth, so we'll figure it out." Weeks took some pressure off Roenicke in terms of making a switch by lining a two-run, ground-rule double in the third inning off Barry Zito.
Rickie Weeks a mess while batting cleanup
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 17