Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said his decision to drop Rickie Weeks from fifth to seventh in the lineup Wednesday night was about production as well as trying to take some pressure off his slumping second baseman. "A little of both, I think," Roenicke said. "It's tough." Weeks came into Wednesday hitting .193 with two home runs and nine runs batted in and led the Brewers with 38 strikeouts. One homer and five of those RBI came in one game April 30, a 12-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He opened the year strong hitting second in the lineup, but when Aramis Ramirez was lost for a month to a sprained left knee, Weeks bounced back and forth between the fourth and fifth spots and never appeared comfortable. His .308 on-base percentage is buoyed somewhat by a team-high 18 walks, but overall this is the second consecutive season the 2011 All-Star Game starter has gotten off to a miserable start. With 133 plate appearances and 114 at-bats already in the books for Weeks, Roenicke was asked at what point numbers go from being labeled as a slow start to a trend. "I don't know at what point. It probably depends on who that player is," he said. "Aramis got off to that slow start last year. I think where you are in the lineup, what your history is (factors in). We knew Aramis was going to hit, so I think you stick with a guy longer that you know has a history of doing well and is an important part of the lineup. "Rick's always hit. I think Rick will hit. I started him at second, moved him to fourth and then fifth, and somewhere in there, there has to be production for the team. More important in the long run is, how do we get him swinging? "He's going to hit. He shows that he hits every year. I know last year, tough first half, good second half. But his history is he's going to hit. So it's just kind of how to get him started in that direction as soon as we can."
Ron Roenicke moves Rickie Weeks down two spots in batting order
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 9