DH not a bright spot for the Brewers

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(Rickie Weeks)

When National League teams have an interleague game at the home of their American League opponents it gives the NL team a chance to get an extra batter in the game via the designated hitter rule. Hopefully for the NL team it adds some offensive punch to their lineup.

The Milwaukee Brewers have struggled with the DH is the last couple of years. In the last two games versus the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays, the DH spot has gone hitless… Rickie Weeks went 0-for-3 on Monday and Carlos Gomez went 0-for-four last night. Aramis Ramirez will handle the DH spot this afternoon.

In 2014, the DH has been used by the Brewers in nine games versus A.L. teams. The Brew Crew DHs have gone five-for-38, a paltry .132 batting average this year. Take a look back at 2013. Brewers DHs went five-for-38 (again, a .132 average) in 10 interleague games. Things weren’t much better in 2012… Brewers DHs were nine-for-39, a .231 average.

Since 1998 when the Brewers moved to the N.L. Central from the A.L. Central, the best DH in the Brewers lineup was Prince Fielder. Fielder played 18 games as DH in his Brewers career and has the most hits (18), HRs (3) and RBIs (7) for Brewers DHs since 1998. His batting average in those 18 games as DH was only .247.

Of the 26 Brewers players since 1998 who were in the lineup as DH in at least two games, only five players had a batting average above .300: Geoff Jenkins (7-for-11, .636), Carlos Lee (7-for-18, .389), Johnny Estrada (3-for-8, .375), Raul Casanova (6-for-18, .333) and Jeff Liefer (3-for-9, .333). The worst Brewers DH? Eric Young was one-for-13 in three games as Brewers DH, a .077 batting average.

There are six players on the current Brewers roster who have been a DH for the team since 1998. Of the six, only Rickie Weeks has a batting average over .200. Weeks is eight-for-29, .276 as a Brewers DH in the N.L. The others: Ramirez (.196), Jonathon Lucroy (.167), Khris Davis (.125), Ryan Braun (.107) and Gomez (.000).

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