Mike Moustakas makes his return to the starting lineup
Adding to the reinforcements for the Milwaukee Brewers, third baseman Mike Moustakas has made his full-time return to the starting lineup, playing third base against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Having been relegated to pinch-hitting duties and defensive substitutions ever since he injured his left wrist while attempting to field a ball in the field.
For a team that just lost 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich to a season-ending knee cap injury, the Brewers are in need of any and all of the help that they can get. Apparently, Moustakas is more of the giving type than the receiving type on his birthday, as he has helped the team with his offense on his 31st birthday, smashing a three-run home run.
The Moose needs to get loose for the Brew Crew in the month of September, as their main source of offensive support is now relegated to watching games from the bench and the clubhouse for the remainder of the season. As tough of a blow as this may be, the Brewers, who are only one game out of the Wild Card race, have made it this far, and they have nothing to lose.
With the struggles that incumbent third baseman Travis Shaw has shown so far in 2019, all of the pressure over at the hot corner has fallen onto the shoulders of Moustakas, who has remained relatively healthy until his wrist injury put him on the shelf recently. With him back in the fold, the Brewers are at the best of strength as they could be at this part of the season, sans what just happened to Yelich on Tuesday evening.
A superb veteran presence who has a ton of experience in the postseason, Moustakas was one of the team’s main catalysts during their postseason run last season, and he will be looked to once again in the hopes that he can help lead them back there. While coming off of an injury, the Brewers may have no choice but to fully thrust him back into the starting lineup as if he were healthy, only giving him intermittent days off and making him be in the team’s starting lineup most days.
As the Brewers chase another postseason berth, look for Moustakas to ramp up his production as the days in Sept. get less and less and the calendar grows very close to changing over to the month of October.