Brewers sticking by Gomez and Betancourt

Brewers sticking by Gomez and Betancourt

Brewers sticking by Gomez and Betancourt
MILWAUKEE -- Center fielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt were back in the Brewers' lineup on Sunday, and manager Ron Roenicke said he had no plans to stop using either player on a regular basis despite the trouble they've had getting on base.

Gomez was hitting .241 with a .295 on-base percentage, but Roenicke pointed out that his OBP for May was .342, best among Brewers' regulars through 13 games in the month. Betancourt entered Sunday's game hitting 5-for-37 in May with no walks, giving him a .135 average and a .128 OBP for the month. For the season, Betancourt was batting .225 with a .250 OBP.

"He always has [had a low on-base mark]," Roenicke said. "He's a swinger. He's not going to hit .230. What happens with him is he'll hit .270, .280 and his on-base is going to be [in the] low .300s."

Can't Brewers coaches ask Betancourt to try taking some pitches?

"They have before, and he gets defensive and his at-bats aren't as good," Roenicke said. "That was the problem in Seattle; they approached him that way. Last year [in Kansas City], they didn't and he had a very good offensive year. They let him be himself."

Roenicke preached patience with Betancourt.

"He's a pretty good offensive player," the manager said. "He's gonna hit. Give it some time."