I won’t stop

Posted by Steve

The Brewers look great. I don’t want my negative-toned posts to take away from that. The pitching is still awesome, and the offense is back on track. They’re cruising to the playoffs, and they’re looking hopeful for that important number 2 seed. So why all my negativity?

Every post now has the playoffs in mind.

Over the last 26 games, Casey McGehee has a .593 OPS. He’s been even worse than he’s been over the course of his entire terrible 2011 season.

Meanwhile, here’s what Ron Roenicke has to say about McGehee. “It’s frustrating to (McGehee) because he feels good and his swing is good. I agree that his swing looks good. That’s why it’s surprising.”

Ron, what games have you been watching? I cannot fathom how anyone in his right mind could watch Casey McGehee at the plate and come away with the impression that he is having good at-bats.

McGehee has consistently been swinging at pitches out of the zone. At the same time, he’s taking pitches right over the plate, which shows he’s lost and is simply guessing rather than seeing and reacting. When he does swing at a strike, he doesn’t hit it square–either a foul or a weak grounder/flyout. He has hardly hit a ball solidly in the last month!

Also, on a different note, McGehee is not good defensively. He’s sure-handed enough, but his lack of athleticism limits his range. Green clearly has more range at third; anyone could see that. Yet, RRR has taken Taylor Green out of games late. He thinks McGehee is a defensive upgrade! I think he’s been listening to BA and Bill’s broadcasts too much. His affinity for McGehee is baffling.

With Weeks back, the makings of a great lineup are there. Hart-Morgan-Braun-Fielder-Weeks-Green is a great 1-6–likely the best in the NL playoffs. These last handful of games would be a great time to try this lineup and get everyone comfortable heading into the postseason.

McGehee must be removed from this lineup.

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4 responses to “I won’t stop

  1. I honestly don’t mean to sound smarmy here, because I’m not, but how do you rate your level of enjoyment in watching/following Brewer games? Obviously you are much more educated on the processes of baseball managing and also who “should and shouldn’t” be playing than me, so it seems that a win isn’t an indicator of a “good” game; I’m curious how you judge if a game was enjoyable or not.

  2. Oh I love watching the games, but I know what you’re getting at. Usually a win means a “good” game, but not always. I was at the Braun walk-off game last week. The first three innings took about an hour and a half, yet both offenses were stranding baserunners left and right throughout the game. I left in the sixth since I have to get up early. It ended in exciting fashion, but a 2-1 extra inning game that didn’t feature great pitching isn’t my interpretation of a good/enjoyable game.

    On the flip side, I was at Derrick Turnbow bobblehead night a few years back–unofficially known as the beginning of his demise. That game was an exciting, back-and-forth game with an huge energized crowd. The Brewers lost in a close one at the end, but it was still a great game and really enjoyable to watch.

    I definitely do get more frustrated watching the games when the team is good though. It’s because the decisions actually mean something. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

  3. Because he’s the fan the Brewers deserve, but not the one they need right now. So we’ll break his spirit because he can take it. Because he’s not our fan; he’s a silent guardian, a watchful observer. A Brewers Blogger.

  4. I love where this has ended up.

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