Roenicke OK with Crew's aggression at plate
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' free-swinging ways are garnering some national attention, but manager Ron Roenicke insists no one should be surprised.
"I think the scouting report has always been that 'Gomey' is going to swing early, 'Rami' is going to swing early, 'Siggy' is going to swing early," Roenicke said, referring to Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura. "I could go on and on down the line."
Only the Baltimore Orioles swung more and walked less entering Tuesday's games than the Brewers, who led the National League with a 50.9 percent swing rate and ranked last with a 5.7 percent walk rate. The Brewers were one of only three teams (with the Orioles and Braves) to swing at more than half of the pitches they saw.
Does Roenicke worry opponents will try to exploit those tendencies?
"I don't think so," Roenicke said. "I don't think we're so much different than what we've been. It's just when Gomey is in the leadoff spot, it gets people's attention more. We're basically the same club."
Overall, the Brewers entered Tuesday with the best record in baseball (10-3) thanks largely to a pitching staff that led the Majors with a 1.97 ERA. But the offense was also productive, ranking 12th of 30 teams in runs and 11th in OPS.
Roenicke seems to have no problem with the super-aggressive approach.
"I'm with whatever works," he said.