Roenicke on Mets series: ‘We were outplayed’
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is not a table-tipper or a chair-thrower, but it was clear that he was not happy with his team after its second series loss at home this season. That fate was sealed with Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets, who took two of three games from the Brewers.
“We were outplayed in this series,” Roenicke said. “That’s going to happen. We didn’t swing the bats that well. We came back [Wednesday] night and were fortunate to win a game. And [the Mets] hit the ball good. This is a scrappy team and they outplayed us.”
It only gets tougher. The Brewers host the National League Central-leading Cardinals beginning Friday night.
“No matter who it would be, it would be a big series,” Roenicke said. “We didn’t play these three games very well, so we need to get back on track and play well. If we play well, it really doesn’t matter who’s coming in. If we play like this, we’re going to get beat.
“You’re not going to maintain and play as good [indefinitely] as we’ve been playing for a month. There are going to be some little flaws in there, and this was the series that we didn’t do a whole lot right. We had some good pitching, but for the most part, we didn’t play that same type game. It’s impossible to do that over a season. If we did, we’d win 130 games.”
He’d like to see more balance in the lineup. Rickie Weeks has been excellent in the leadoff hole, Roenicke said, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have hit well in the middle and Nyjer Morgan has been a spark when he plays. Outside of those four hitters, Roenicke would like more production.
“You know, we can’t depend on Braun and Prince all the time to be driving in all the runs,” Roenicke said. “We need to spread that out. Everyone is a big part of how we roll offensively, and you’re never going to be that great offensive team if you’re looking at only 3-4 guys in your lineup.”
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