Twitter Mailbag: Brewers Batting Order, Hall of Fame, Roenicke | Disciples of Uecker

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“Given the current roster, what is your preferred batting order?” -@acmccabe

To make everything less complicated, I’m going to set my lineup adjusted for platoons at second and first base. I’ll put my lineup out there and then explain some of my thought process.

Segura, Gomez, Lucroy, Braun, Ramirez, Gennett, Francisco, Davis

  1. Segura
  2. Lucroy
  3. Gomez
  4. Braun
  5. Ramirez
  6. Gennett/Weeks
  7. Davis
  8. Francisco/Halton

Time for explanations. The lead-off role is a lot less important than generally perceived, and I think National League managers are starting to get a greater grasp of this. Nicholas wrote a gem on the lead-off role and how it pertains to the Brewers, so I recommend reading that to learn more. You want your lead-off guy to be one of the 3 best hitters and one that gets on base, so I’m fine with either Segura or Gomez or even Gennett/Weeks. Whichever one can get on base most consistently is fine with me.

Your other two best hitters go second and fourth. The one generally with more power is the cleanup hitter, which is clearly Braun over Lucroy. The third hitter is generally considered to be the “best high-average hitter” in most lineups, but he actually comes to bat with runners in scoring position less than the second hitter. I like Gomez’s pop and speed high in the lineup, but not the strikeouts–which are what’s keeping him out of the lead-off role for me.

Ramirez hits fifth. Your fourth-best hitter, preferably one with both power and average goes here, and I’m more comfortable with Ramirez in a run-producing role than I am with Gomez.

From six-through-nine you put your remaining hitters in order of declining ability. Davis could hit sixth and I’d have no problem bumping him up, but I want to break up Gennett and Francisco because FJF couldn’t hit a lefty if his life depended on it.

“Who’s the next ex-Brewer who’s going to get near the Hall of Fame?” -@mikelinny

Word on the street is that Derrick Turnbow took a trip to Cooperstown this winter, but couldn’t muster up the courage to walk into the Hall, so I guess it was, technically, him.

But all jokes aside (please pardon that last one, it’s 2 am over winter break right now), it’s hard to think of anyone besides Trevor Hoffman that will be next. He’s not eligible until the 2016 ballot, but him and Mariano Rivera stand out as the only two HoF-worthy closers from their era. 601 saves, 2.87 era, seven All Star appearances, and no PED links should be a good enough case…even though I don’t want to leave anything up to the BBWAA writers. At all.

Other ex-Brewers names that come to mind for getting close are Prince Fielder (if he can hit 500-550 homers I see the Hall in his future) and CC Sabathia (he has an outsider’s chance at this point but needs a lot of work yet) to, of course, go along with Jody Gerut. And then there’s  Ryan Braun but that’s a topic for a whole other day. If there’s anyone I’m forgetting about, let me know.

“Is Ron Roenicke on the hot seat this season?” 

Roenicke’s current contract runs through the end of the 2014 season with a club option for 2015. The general feel that I get is Doug Melvin likes RRR, but isn’t committed to the now fourth-year skipper of the Brewers. In all fairness, though, it’s not like the front office has given Roenicke a team that’s expected to make the postseason either of the last two seasons. The situations in which he opts to bunt and his “-y” nicknames (Gomey, Brauny, Khrisy (?), Ramy) have probably taken a year or two off my lifespan, but I don’t think there’s a ton of pressure on Roenicke for the Brewers to make the playoffs this year. That said, I don’t expect a low-70 win season to sit well with Melvin and Attanasio, who have both shown a “win now” attitude in their time with Milwaukee.

To answer, I wouldn’t quite say Roenicke’s on the hot seat this season, but if the Brewers don’t make any strides forward (maybe win 80 games), a lot more people will be calling for his job.

 

To get involved with the weekly DoU Twitter Mailbag, follow Curt on Twitter @CyrtHogg. Each Wednesday he opens the forum for questions to be answered in the Thursday Mailbag. 

 

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  1. Ross B says: January 9, 2014

    I’ll forgive you for forgetting since I’m too young to remember his time in Cream City and you are even younger than me, but Gary Sheffield was drafted by and made his debut with the Brewers and is eligible next year. He may end up going in after Hoffman, but is still the next guy.

    • Curt Hogg says: January 9, 2014

      Good call, Ross. I glossed over the late 90′s and early 2000′s because there really wasn’t anyone from that time with a shot and left out Sheff.

  2. Robert says: January 9, 2014

    1 through 7 is a pretty good lineup:
    1 Segura
    2 Gennett
    3 Gomez
    4 Braun
    5 Ramirez
    6 Davis
    7 Lucroy
    8 Francisco/Halton

    • Ross B says: January 10, 2014

      Why would you have Lucroy all the way down at 7 and Scooter at 2? Even if you think Scooter is an viable major league starter, he has less than a half season of experience and over 40% of that came after roster expansion and came with a BABIP and HR rate he had never shown in the minors in a full season. Lets temper the expectations a little bit before we put him in one of the most important spots in the lineup.

  3. Jeff says: January 11, 2014

    Jody Gerut?!?!?

  4. joe abraham says: January 12, 2014

    Gomez-Segura-Braun-Ramirez-Lucroy-Davis-1B not named Francisco or Halton-Gennett. Braun didn’t ht well when they experimented with he and Fielder switching spots. Ramirez can drive in runs and if he doesn’t Luc can. Davis at #6 to see if his power is real and please anybody but Francisco or Halton playing 1B,, Scooter batting 8 and occassionaly leading off with Lucroy moving to the 4 spot when Ramirez is given a rest and Gomez 5.

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