Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Brewers Hot Corner Debate

It seemed simple going into Spring Training. Bill Hall & Mike Lamb would man third base, most likely in a platoon type of scenario. If there was to be an injury or setback, then Mat Gamel would be sitting in the wings ready to go.

Casey McGehee decided that he was going to complicate things though by having a tremendous spring (.400 AVG, 3 HR, and my favorite number 0 K's in 30 attempts). The Cubs decided that McGehee's .296 AVG, with 12 HRs and 92 RBIs in AAA Iowa wasn't good enough so they released him, and the Brewers quickly snatched him off of waivers, and he has yet to disappoint them for their faith in him.

Mike Lamb on the other hand is only batting .226 in 31 appearances at the plate. However, being a left handed veteran who is capable of playing many different positions, he seemed to be a lock for the other backup infield spot (Counsell is the first). Then if Bill Hall continues his struggles against right handed pitchers, a left handed/right handed platoon would be implemented (McGehee is right handed).

Bill Hall is of course the starter going in, but who will platoon/back him up? This is the question GM Doug Melvin and Manager Ken Macha are surely struggling with...McGehee's talent/potential or Lamb's versatility/experience?

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