Platoon continues at second base
The Sports Xchange
MILWAUKEE — Scooter Gennett made his ninth start of the season at second base Monday but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is still not ready to pick an everyday starter.
Neither Gennett nor Rickie Weeks has made enough of an impression to tip Roenicke's hand, so for the time being, the platoon remains in effect.
Gennett had the inside track heading into Spring Training after finishing the 2013 season batting .358 after Aug 5. But he got off to a slow start in spring training and took a .276 average into the game Monday against St. Louis but was batting .400 against left-handed pitchers, which has worked in his favor.
Weeks has been almost a non-factor thus far, hitting .158 with a double in eight games but will continue to see action at second base while Roenicke waits for one or the other to get into a groove.
"I'm fine with platooning until one of them gets so hot that he's going to play all the time," said Roenicke, whose team was blanked 4-0 by the Cardinals Monday. "That's fine. We'll go this way for a while and see where we are. Scooter has been swinging the bat pretty good, and Rickie has been better the last couple of games. Hopefully we can get him going.
"I think it can be a nice combination. It can be a really good offensive combination and then they split the time out there on defense."
Weeks is making $10 million this season, the last year of a four-year, $38.5 million deal signed in February 2011.