Well helloooooooo Craig Counsell.
The new Brewers manager has shown a strong willingness to play around with his lineup on a day to day basis to find what works and is further demonstrating that with his lineup for the team's Friday opener against the Mets. For the first time since June 2010, the Brewers will have their pitcher bat eighth.
The last time the Brewers did not bat their pitcher last, Alcides Escobar was hitting ninth in the order while Randy Wolf hit in the eight spot. Today, Hector Gomez gets the final spot as the hope will be for him to potentially set the top of the order up for more RBI situations.
Also of note is Aramis Ramirez's return to the lineup. Ramirez hasn't appeared in a game since May 7 due to a sore back, but after a team day off on Thursday is apparently ready to go.
Finally, Gerardo Parra starts in place of Khris Davis today and is batting second. Carlos Gomez is back in the leadoff spot with Ramirez batting fifth and Adam Lind cleanup.