Posted by Steve
Exciting end to a great homestand. 5-5 after the 0-4 start is definitely a nice place to be. That said, I’ve taken issue with plenty of decisions from Ron Roenicke.
1. Nyjer Morgan needs to start every day against right-handers. If Corey Hart was playing, sitting Morgan today wouldn’t have been as bad of a decision. But when you choose both Mark Kotsay and Carlos Gomez over Morgan, as Roenicke did today, the move becomes indefensible. When Hart returns, the only time Gomez should see the field is against left-handers or as a late-game defensive replacement/pinch runner.
2. Speaking of Gomez, get him out of the second spot in the lineup, for Pete’s sake. He has shown nothing to indicate he’s any different as a player, and all the evidence from his career shows that having him hit second is an awful idea. It’s no different than hitting the fast kid at leadoff in little league. No he can’t hit…. But he’s fast!
As I just mentioned last post, I would like to see them try Morgan at leadoff with Weeks hitting second. Morgan-Weeks-Braun-Fielder-Hart-McGehee is a formidable top 6. Good speed, but also good OBP and power.
3. Try a double switch! Today was the perfect time for one. Sergio Mitre came in in the sixth inning with the pitchers spot up second. It was a perfect time to switch Kotsay out of the game and insert Morgan, or to switch Betancourt out of the game, slide Counsell over to short, and insert McGehee. Mitre could have gone another inning, and Sean Green could have been saved. With the poor defenders on this team, the Brewers are perfect for plenty of double switching.
I suppose this may seem like nitpicking, and I don’t mean to imply Roenicke’s doing a horrible job. I like that he is using defensive replacements just about every game. Outside of not double switching, I thought he did a nice job with the bullpen today playing matchups with the lefty/righty relievers. Also, the players really seem to like him, which shouldn’t be discounted–it just can’t really be quantified or even seen from our perspective.