Posted by Steve
Have we seen enough of Yuniesky Betancourt?
Everyone knew he was terrible. In three games, all he’s done is reinforce that. He’s made one error and is 0-11 so far. Today in four plate appearances, he saw ten pitches. He’s lazy defensively. He has horrible plate discipline. Why is he the starting shortstop?
Have we seen enough of Mark Kotsay?
Kotsay can’t run anymore, doesn’t have any power anymore, and doesn’t play good defense anymore. It’s an absolute joke that Kotsay/Eric Almonte are starting over Nyjer Morgan. Morgan should be playing every day against right handers. Eventually Kotsay will play his way out of the lineup, but he shouldn’t have needed to do that for the Brewers to know he’s not a starting caliber player anymore–and hasn’t been for a few years.
Have we seen enough of Wil Nieves?
Okay, so with Lucroy out, it’s fine that he’s on the team for now. But why has he started two of the three games? Are they really going to keep him over George Kottaras? There isn’t one projection system that forecasts even a .300 OBP for Neives.
Have we seen enough of the Reds?
The Brewers have now lost 14 of their last 17 against Cincinnati. Sure, it’s only three games, but these three games illustrated the difference between the two teams. The Brewers have a few great players, and then too many bad ones. The 6-7-8 of Kotsay-Bentancourt-Nieves has to be the worst in the majors right now. The Reds don’t really have any bad players in their lineup. They don’t have the star power to match Braun, Fielder, Weeks, Greinke, etc., but they have a much deeper team. They don’t have one pitcher as good as Gallardo or Greinke, but they have five starters who are league average or better. And the Reds certainly don’t have four or five replacement level players on their team like the Brewers currently do.
There’s no need to panic after just three games, but the Brewers need to improve on the likes of Kotsay, Betancourt, and Nieves soon, or it’s really going to start costing them.