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Rickie Weeks is on fire

Jun 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Rickie Weeks was so brutally bad in April and May that the Brewers called up Triple-A infielder Scooter Gennett and have been starting him at second base over Weeks in about half the games this month. Whether or not that motivated Weeks is unclear, but whatever the case he’s on an incredible tear that has turned around his whole season.

Weeks hit .183 with three homers and a .565 OPS in 51 games through the end of May, striking out 59 times versus 23 walks.

So far in June he’s 18-for-42 (.429) with five homers and a 1.381 OPS in 15 games, with an 8/5 K/BB ratio. That includes last night’s big game against the Cubs, in which Weeks went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs.

In the span of 48 plate appearances Weeks raised his overall batting average from .183 to .230 and his overall OPS from .565 to .723. And he’s started the past three games at second base, so presumably that time-sharing arrangement with Gennett is on ice for a while.

  1. therealbigben - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Rickie has always shown the ability to absolutely dominate the game for about 6 weeks to 2 months at a time, before getting injured. When he’s on, he’s an absolute a force, crushing the ball to the gaps, crushing opposing catchers at home plate, drawing walks and working counts. However, he’s a headcase, susceptible to prolonged slumps that are painful to watch, both at the plate and in the field. I’m not saying anything Brewer fans don’t already know, he’s also vastly overpaid. I’d say trade him once his values peaks, but I also fear him leaving Milwaukee and becoming the next Gary Sheffield some place else.

    Either way I’m glad he’s figured it out… for now. Too bad we could never see the Brewers’ offense at 100 percent… Imagine this lineup healthy

    Aoki
    Segura
    Braun
    Gomez
    A-Ram
    Hart
    Weeks
    Luuuc

    Not even sure how you’d order that lineup with all the speed and power…. not even RR could mess that up… unless he hit Hart lead off. Ohhh what might have been…..

    • paepae805 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Lineup looks great, but the same dead arms are throwing the ball/starting games. Maybe one of the call-ups will be like catching lightning in a bottle. Go Crew.

      • therealbigben - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Seems like we have a lot of young arms just a year or so off: Nelson, Thornburg, Pena and Hellweg… if even 2 of them pan out we should be competitive. Gonna need some hitters to come up to replace the parts we lose tho, via FA or trades. I’m looking at you Hunter Morris, Scooter, Logan Schafer, Gindl, etc.

  2. mybrunoblog - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    “Rickie Weeks is one fire”

    Stop drop and roll baby, stop drop and roll.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Damm I screwed that up. Rickie Weeks is on fire not one fire. Ahh you get the point.

  3. ramblingalb - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    The irony is, that’s the exact same lineup they used in the 2nd half last year, and they led the NL in runs scored. Casual fan Bigben doesn’t even realize that. Their pitching has actually been very good in June. Tough to make up for a 6-20 May.

    • therealbigben - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Casual fan? Child please. I do realize that the lineup was mostly the same , but I don’t think Segura was one of the best hitters in the league last year was he? He’s hitting 70 points higher and slugging 200 points higher this year. Gomez is also batting 50 points higher and a 100 higher in slugging. Luuc is doing much better this year than last, only 16 RBI off last year’s total. Last year Weeks only hit .260 in the second half. He still wasn’t the same Rickie we saw glimpses of years ago or over the last few weeks. So yeh Segura makes a big difference, as does Cargo playing at an MVP level. But what do I know, I’m just a casual fan and former season ticket holder. No biggie

      • schm1471 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        I’m the greatest Brewer fan of all!!1! You guys still have Robin Yount, right?

  4. cadillacjosh - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    No, we don’t have Yount anymore.

    But we have this kid Matt Laporta, he’ll take over for Fielder after we trade him. He was in the futures game.

    • brewcrewchamps - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      But we’re not going to trade Prince, he’s going to sign long-term for cheap because he loves the city

  5. kollin7 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Worth noting: Rickie Weeks was starting to heat up before Scooter was called up, so the silly narrative about him being motivated by him being called up should die.

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