I agree 100% with the comments about Weeks – How goes Weeks – goes the crew. Brady Clark MAY be an average #2 hitter, but without speed, he is not a lead off hitter or Centerfielder. After seeing Tony Gwynn Jr, get some time this year, I have no doubt that he will be the every day Center Fielder for the Crew, if not in ’07 than defiantly in ’08.
In fact I would like to see Gross in RF, Gwynn in CF and Hart in LF next year.
Let Doug Melvin work his magic and see if he can package Clark and Jenkins to someone willing to swallow Jenkins salary.
I am not so willing to give up completely on Kevin Mench yet. He has hit in the last 6 games and is 9-23 (.391) in that stretch. Kevin has some upside. I don’t know what his salary is going to be like next year, but he is @ $2.8 million for this year which is a deal when you look at Jenkins $7.8 million
I am not ready to give up on JJ either. This year’s injury was caused by a collision at the plate, not some freak pulled hammy or something like that. When I was watching that game and saw the collision, I knew as soon as he grabbed his ankle that he was done for the year. That play is why Prince bowls over catchers at the plate.
I would rather see Bill at 3rd and give JJ another year to play.2007 –
Yes I am already looking at 2007 and what the Crew needs to do to improve – and what went wrong this year.
Number 1 – Dump Jenkins and his salary
Trade Brady Clark for some middle relief – I think that Brady is near his peak in trade value (Last year was his peak) He still has a couple of arbitration years left and is an average player. He will never have a .330 average and he doesn’t have the speed that I want to see in Center. He is a smart player and is a hard worker but he doesn’t have the talent to go with the desire. The Giants will be looking for an outfielder at the end of the year – let Brady go.
Is there a team looking for a 33 year old Canadian 3rd baseman that has a bad concussion??
Middle relief – Self ExplanatoryWhat went wrong-May, June and July
With 40% of the starting rotation on the disabled list, the Crew was up against terrible odds every 4th and 5th start. And looking back at the schedule, the Crew should have been 10-12 games over .500 at the All-Star Break – instead they were 2 games under. The lost of your number 2 (Sheets) and 4 (Ohka) starters at the same time for almost 3 months just snowballed into the rest of the pitching staff.July, August, and September
With 75% of the infield on the DL for the rest of the season (Koskie is done even if they haven’t announced it) and replacement players in Bell and Graffanino have plugged the holes, they are not the players that I envisioned playing for the Brewers in September.
Anyway – gotta go back to work. Working on Sundays suck.