With Weeks Out Who Should Fill In?

May 19, 2009 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

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As you may have heard, Rickie Weeks is out for the season with a torn ligament in his wrist. With the Brewers sitting at the top of the NL Central, with much thanks to Weeks, they must replace his production in order to hold off the rest of the NL Central. So, what should they do?

It appears that manager Ken Macha is going to go with a platoon of Craig Counsell and Casey McGehee at secondbase. Sure both guys are having decent seasons off the bench so far but neither is going to replace the bat of Weeks. The Brewers must replace Weeks production and the man for that job is Mat Gamel.

No, Mat Gamel will not play secondbase. The Brewers should move Bill Hall to second and platoon him with Counsell. Hall would also play at third only against lefties. This would allow Gamel to play third against every right hander the Brewers face. This would allow the offense to remain strong and add another left-handed bat to complement a right-handed heavy lineup.

The Brewers could go after a free agent like Ray Durham or move prospect Alcides Escobar to second base. Either way, the Brewers have options and doing whatever it takes to get Gamel at-bats is the best one of them all.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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