Davis among Crew's absences vs. righty Lynn
MILWAUKEE -- Slugging left fielder Khris Davis was absent from the Brewers lineup Monday for a second straight day, causing a slight stir around Miller Park. Manager Ron Roenicke said it was merely a matter of matchups.
With right-hander Lance Lynn on the mound for the Cardinals, Roenicke stacked his lineup with left-handed bats, meaning a start in left field for Logan Schafer, at first base for Lyle Overbay and at second base for Scooter Gennett.
"It's a toss-up on who we're playing," Roenicke said. "I don't want to sit guys too long, especially Davis. If there's an opportunity to get left-handers in, if there's a matchup, we're going to do that."
Of those three positions, only second base remains a true platoon. Davis is the regular left fielder, and Mark Reynolds the regular first baseman, based in part on their early-season play. But second base remains up for grabs between Gennett, who hit .276/.300/.345 over the Brewers' first four series, and Rickie Weeks, who hit .158/.158/.211.
"I'm fine with platooning until one of them gets so hot that he's going to play almost all the time," Roenicke said. "That's fine with me. We'll go this way for a while and see where we are. Scooter has been swinging the bat pretty good, and Rickie has been better the last couple of games, so hopefully we can get him going.
"I think it can be a nice combination. It can be a really good offensive combination, and then they split the time out there on defense."
With Davis and Schafer in left field, "I'm liking it from both of them," Roenicke said. "It's hard to take Davis out with the way he's swinging the bat, and he's playing good defense. I think it's just really today is the pitcher; I'm trying to match-up [Schafer] with him."