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From someone who watched just about every Brewers game in 2011:
When McGehee first started scuffling, most of us chalked it up to SSS or a regular slump. Most noticed the BABIP issues and thought he would eventually pull out of it. There was a degree of unluckiness in the early going, but things sort of snowballed to the point where McGehee was losing confidence in himself. Then his swing deteriorated. One of his biggest assets was the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field, but that was largely absent last year. He was late on everything -- couldn't time offspeed stuff well, and was well behind any average fastball. It was tough to watch.
Considering his history as a non-prospect waiver wire pickup that had a couple good years, it's entirely possible he's done. It's also entirely possible he just needs a change of scenery, some new ideas on how to fix his swing, and a clear head. I really do hope he turns it around, because he's a genuinely good guy who grew incredibly frustrated last year (there were times where he'd be doing radio interviews during the pregame show with Cory Provus, and he'd get choked up talking about how badly he wanted to turn things around).
2 years, 2 months ago on Casey McGehee's Rough Year | December 2011
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2 years, 3 months ago on Difference Between Gonzalez and Yuni? Night and Day. | December
With just about everyone but Fielder returning, they still look like a playoff contender to me. He's an impact bat, but the Brewers didn't make the playoffs because of one single player. You just never know what's going to happen once you get a team into the playoffs. There's a good chance they win less than 96 games next year (considering it's a franchise record, that's probably a guarantee), but that doesn't mean they have a worse chance at a World Series run.
Without knowing what happens in the offseason, it's too early to rule anything out for next season.
2 years, 4 months ago on Remember the ride, not the finish | October
Another addition, via Lady Wezen on Twitter: Robin Yount as Chubbs? Does that work for everyone?
2 years, 6 months ago on The Brewers are Happy Gilmore. | August
Sad day for the NL Central. I, for one, will miss him.
2 years, 6 months ago on Jim Hendry Fired as Cubs GM | August
RamPage95 So winning makes La Russa beyond reproach?
2 years, 7 months ago on A short history of Tony La Russa's complaints | August
CynDonn Good find. No wonder the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series.
ecocd Good point on the 2B not being there to cover -- that's something I missed when I saw the play the first time. It's true that a few of these weren't completely luck, but on the whole the Brewers did a good job of taking advantage of unusual situations.
2 years, 7 months ago on Sometimes it's better to be lucky... | August
Forever Cheesehead On the team's page, click on "More Stats" next to the Team Batting section. If you scroll about halfway down the "More Stats" page, you should see "Team Baserunning/Misc". In that table, "BT" is Bases Taken, "OOB" is Outs on Bases, etc. If you mouse over the heading, you'll get an explanation of the stat.
2 years, 7 months ago on Breaking Down the Brewers' Outs on the Bases | July
crichar3 To me, the only thing the two have in common is that they're both emotional players. Bradley was despised by his teammates at virtually every stop, but you'll have a hard time finding a teammate who has said anything bad about Morgan, even after he leaves town.
2 years, 7 months ago on Great Moments in Overreaction: Nyjer Morgan | July
Ned Yost is also the same guy who tried inventing a home/road starting pitcher platoon with Dave Bush and Seth McClung. Bush struggled on the road, and McClung wanted a chance at starting, so Bush only started home games and McClung started road games for awhile. I'll let you all guess how that one turned out.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Dawn of the Six-Man Rotation | June
crichar3 Right, Loe wasn't the main reason why the Brewers lost the game. Most of my frustration comes from Roenicke seeming to think that no one else can pitch the 8th inning if it's tied. Like Yost, he almost seemed offended that someone suggested using Hawkins or Braddock. I wasn't even that upset about Loe starting the inning, but Braddock probably should've been brought in to face Pena. Roenicke's explanation that Braddock wouldn't be facing just lefties is discouraging, because most people seem to realize he's far too talented to be restricted to LOOGY status.
2 years, 8 months ago on Ron Roenicke Channels Ned Yost | June
MadtownStadley Hell, right now Ronny Cedeno is looking good.
2 years, 9 months ago on Time to Move McGehee Down? | June
Right. I wouldn't expect him to pitch at a Suppan-type level or anything like that, but the production dip would likely mean more 6 IP 4 ER games. Still pretty solid starts, but not the 6-7 IP, 1 ER-type outings he's been able to put up so far. He'll still probably be one of the team's two best pitchers going forward.
2 years, 9 months ago on Can Shaun Marcum Keep This Up? | May
My only regret is not speeding up the video.
2 years, 10 months ago on Benny Hill Brewers (and Astros) | April
NicholasPetakas Well, Melvin has been quoted as saying he believed the D would get better with better pitchers on the mound... if the D does look better, it'll be all smoke and mirrors, but I'm a-ok with less balls in play.
2 years, 11 months ago on Brewers' Pitching Staff Missing Bats Early | April
This looks awesome. No doubt in my mind that this will be big.
2 years, 11 months ago on Allow Myself to Introduce...Ourselves | April
Great job on the post, Nick.
I still think the plan for Weeks is to eventually move him down in the order, but the Brewers haven't been able to find anyone else good enough to justify it. It might become necessary to do so in the post-Fielder era, though, even if it is just one spot down to #2.
2 years, 11 months ago on Rickie Weeks, Leading Off | April
The Narv Dog's changeup is a thing of beauty.
2 years, 11 months ago on Let's Hear It For...The Narv Dog | April
jimmyb1799 I do agree that the move is just the latest sign that they're underestimating just how bad Yuni is at short, and it's been going on all winter. Roenicke's ridiculous comment about Yuni just needing to be positioned better still sticks in my mind. Even if Cruz made the roster, there was little to make us think he'd actually be used correctly (not that it makes the move the right/smart).
I still think it's a little strong to say it's an awful decision when we're talking about the 25th man on the roster, a spot that's going to be constantly changing throughout the season. Cruz was an option because he was better defensively than Yuni or Counsell. Maysonet and even Farris aren't as good as Cruz, but if they're better than the two big league SSs, why couldn't they be considered options?
2 years, 11 months ago on Reaction to Losing Luis Cruz is Overblown | March