I don't want to give up on Casey McGehee. I don't want to see him on the bench and hear discussions about him transforming back into a pumpkin. I love remembering that the Brewer's 2010 player of the year was claimed off waivers...from the Cubs no less? But I don't want to depend on yesterday for kicks and thrills. The 2011 season is almost half over and there's a pennant race going on. Discussions about calling up Gamel for the American League/DH action are naturally heating up.
If Gamel is called up and immediately proves his worth as a left-handed DH in Yankee Stadium and Target field, what is the next step? How much of a liability would he be at third base? Or is the 26-year fumbling around at the hot corner totally out of the question? Been there done that sort of thing. Or was Gamel's problem more his throwing arm rather than inability to field ground balls? Do the frequent Roenicke shifts make the left side of the infield less susceptible to wild throws?
McGehee is still hitting .265 with runners in scoring position. The number jumps up to .306 with RISP and two outs. He has also hit the ball very hard into outs, but maybe this is wishful thinking. Maybe, I am focusing too much on his 10-pitch at bats and those patented opposite field line drives as sure indications that the slump will end soon. I think he is a better hitter than his 2011 numbers, but how much better? It's hard to really know with only two and half years as a sample.
Gamel is way beyond a prospect, so I think he will be the one getting the call up. Taylor Greene can spend the year at AAA and get all those at bats and defensive chances to improve for next year, but Gamel needs to be in a major league line-up somewhere. He is healthy for a change and hitting as always (18 HR's) and according to the Brewers, a big part of the 2012 plan, assuming Fielder goes elsewhere. So, bringing up Gamel and playing him everyday seems more than a quick fix, assuming he is productive which I think he will be. It prepares the Brewers for a Fielder-less lineup. The question is how to do this and at the same time continue to provide McGehee opportunities to get hot.