When National League teams have an interleague game at the home of their American League opponents it gives the NL team a chance to get an extra batter in the game via the designated hitter rule. Hopefully for the NL team it adds some offensive punch to their lineup.
The Milwaukee Brewers have struggled with the DH is the last couple of years. In the last two games versus the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays, the DH spot has gone hitless… Rickie Weeks went 0-for-3 on Monday and Carlos Gomez went 0-for-four last night. Aramis Ramirez will handle the DH spot this afternoon.
In 2014, the DH has been used by the Brewers in nine games versus A.L. teams. The Brew Crew DHs have gone five-for-38, a paltry .132 batting average this year. Take a look back at 2013. Brewers DHs went five-for-38 (again, a .132 average) in 10 interleague games. Things weren’t much better in 2012… Brewers DHs were nine-for-39, a .231 average.
Since 1998 when the Brewers moved to the N.L. Central from the A.L. Central, the best DH in the Brewers lineup was Prince Fielder. Fielder played 18 games as DH in his Brewers career and has the most hits (18), HRs (3) and RBIs (7) for Brewers DHs since 1998. His batting average in those 18 games as DH was only .247.