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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Brewers Cap Strong Road Trip With Decisive Victory Over Marlins

A strong outing by Zack Greinke and a three-run bomb by Prince Fielder sealed a four game sweep of the Marlins in Florida. After dropping two of three in Cincinnati, the Brewers now return home to host the Mets having silenced any doubts about their ability to win on the road. If you're a Brewers fan, you're feeling pretty good about the team right now. They're still 1.5 games back of the Cardinals (who come to Milwaukee this weekend), but their 34-26 record places them alongside the best teams in the Majors. The Brew Crew has been on a tear lately, even with essentially no offensive contribution from the five spot in Casey McGehee, who has been killing rallies for what's starting to feel like forever.

As much as I generally like McGehee batting fifth behind Fielder, it's time to move him down. I still think Morgan should bat second with Hart batting fifth (or sixth if McGehee ever gets going), with Lucroy batting eigth. The Brewers face a tough schedule in June and should maximize their ability to score runs, and Ron Roenicke's current lineup does not do so. The Brewers can pad their record for the rest of the month with a decisive home stand this week, but they need to keep playing solid baseball, and the Cardinals, especially, will be a tough challenge this weekend.

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