Sep 12, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) strikes out but reaches base on a wild pitch in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Milwaukee ranked 15th in Major League Baseball in terms of runs scored last season – and their production from the first base slot had a lot to do with that poor showing.
Brewers’ first basemen ranked dead last in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits and runs last season – and, thankfully, the front office addressed this glaring weakness during the offseason, trading for Adam Lind, who adds a left-handed power bat to the mix.
Last season with the Jays, Lind hit just six homers, but in 2013, he belted 23 homers – marking the fourth time in his big league career he hit at least 20 bombs; including a career-high 35 back in 2009, when he earned a Silver Slugger award.
Lind joins an offensive cast joining former National League MVP Ryan Braun, breakout backstop Jonathan Lucroy and All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez. Braun battled a thumb injury all season-long in 2014, but is expected to be 100 percent in 2015; while Lucroy and Gomez will look to build on the strides made in recent years as the Brewers seek a return to the top of the NL Central.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett is the only other left-handed bat in Roenicke’s lineup, so time will tell if the right-handed-heavy squad will face any matchup issues moving forward.