MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brewers took on the Twins on Wednesday without one of their hottest hitters in the starting lineup. But manager Ron Roenicke said he was just giving Khris Davis a routine day off.
"Nothing wrong with him," Roenicke said. "He's been going really well, and I want to keep it that way. And with the matchups, I like the left-handers here."
Davis has indeed been going well -- he was hitting .400 (18-for-45) with four home runs, six doubles, 13 runs scored and eight RBIs in his past 12 games. But he also had not had a day off since May 21, and 12 straight starts marked the longest streak of his two-year career.
But Roenicke's logic in starting the left-handed Schafer was based on more than that. Left-handed hitters entered Wednesday with a .787 OPS against Nolasco. By comparison, he held right-handed batters to a .712 OPS.
Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.