Let’s hear it for Rickie Weeks

The Brewers have turned it around, and the praise for their staggering results over the last three weeks has rightfully been poured upon a pitching staff that has been superb and the prodigious talents of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

Let’s not forget, however, that Rickie Weeks is absolutely tearing it up this year.

Through 60 team games, Weeks has played in 59 of them. With Weeks, that’s a significant amount of the battle. Last season, when Weeks played in 160 games, people were pulling out the “see what he can do when he plays a full season” language, and rightfully so. Weeks batted .269/.366/.464, hit 29 home runs and had a fantastic 83 RBIs out of the leadoff spot, and scored 112 runs.

This season, Weeks is playing even better. After going 1-for-3 with a couple walks and two runs scored this evening in Miami, he is now hitting .288/.368/.500 with 11 homers, 26 RBIs, and 43 runs scored – just one behind NL leader Drew Stubbs. Additionally, those of you who watched the Marlins series will note that Weeks had several hard-luck line drives where he scalded balls right at people. Weeks is hitting everything hard right now.

Unfortunately, Weeks’ defense – which showed some improvement last season – hasn’t been too hot. Weeks already has 9 errors this season, and his UZR/150 is -2.1. Not Betancourt bad, but not good. Despite all that, Weeks has already been worth 2.5 WAR this season, according to fangraphs. That is the top number among all National League second basemen.

Weeks’ power has been impressive as well. 11 home runs is nothing to scoff at – that ties him for tenth in the NL, and only Kelly Johnson of the Diamondbacks (11) has as many among NL second basemen. It leads to an interesting question for the likely Prince Fielder-less future: would the Brewers move Weeks into a run-producing spot in the order, likely fourth? We won’t need to talk about it for awhile, but it isn’t hard to imagine Weeks knocking in 120 runs in the heart of a potent lineup.

For now, we’ll be happy that Weeks is producing as well as he is – and without much fanfare. As everyone (rightfully) lauds Fielder, Braun, Marcum, Gallardo, Greinke, Wolf and Narveson, I’ll be raising my glass to Rickie Weeks. And voting for him in the all star game. Where he should be starting.

 

 

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