Roenicke shuffles struggling Brewers' lineup

Roenicke shuffles struggling Brewers' lineup

DENVER -- In the wake of his team scoring one run in the last 16 innings, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke decided it was time to shake up his lineup.

Corey Hart hit in the leadoff position on Saturday, while Rickie Weeks moved to the No. 5 spot. Josh Wilson replaced Yuniesky Betancourt at shortstop and hit seventh.

"We just feel like we can't keep doing what we're doing," Roenicke said. "It's not really saying that anybody's not doing their job, but what it's doing is saying that we're trying to change things up enough to where it's a new look."

Weeks had never hit in the five-hole before Saturday's game, but he and the rest of the lineup were open to the change.

"We'll just shake things up, I guess," Weeks said. "Whether it's good or bad, I don't know. We've still got to play some good baseball."

Weeks said his approach wouldn't change now that he is hitting behind Prince Fielder, noting the only difference that he envisions is facing pitchers out of the stretch more often.

"I thought [Weeks] was doing a great job in the leadoff spot, but he's a guy that also drives in runs," Roenicke said. "Maybe putting him fifth gives him more of an opportunity to drive in runs." Hart had previously hit in the leadoff spot 83 times in his career, but not since July 22, 2009. The outfielder said he has been open to the switch for sometime, telling Roenicke "a couple weeks ago" that he'd be willing to bat first if the manager wanted to alter the lineup.

"The five-hole has been a tough spot for us all year," Hart said. "Guys hit in other spots and then get there, and for some reason it doesn't work out. Rickie's a logical choice.

"We're trying anything. This could be a good thing, and hopefully it works out."

Roenicke said that Hart's improved patience this season -- he has 27 walks in 65 games -- makes him an ideal candidate for the leadoff role.

"They're frustrated as much as we are with our lack of offense," Roenicke said of the team's hitters. "I think that anything that has a chance to change it and to wake you up and start anew, maybe that's a good thing to do."