Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pittsburgh-Algonquin for Milwaukee's Bitch!

Man I wish we could play those guys more often. Nice to see JJ drive some runs in. Thoughts on a potential new line-up:

Hart-RF - Only other option to Weeks to lead off
Hardy-SS - Seems to flourish in 2 hole...that's what she said
Weeks-2B - Is better with runners to drive in
Fielder-1B - No change, may benefit from Braun behind him
Braun-LF - Can take advantage of speed and try to steal bases now.
Cameron-CF - No reason for move
Hall-3B - No change
Kendall-C - No change
Pitcher - No change

21 comments:

Devil's Threesome said...

One "good" month shouldn't push Rickie into the permanent #3 spot. He's still batting only .266 with some power. Basically, he's what Cam was last year. I would be happier with Rick at the #5 spot if he doesn't start to get on base more.

Master Reid said...

I think we should bat the pitcher 8th.

EMoney said...

I've been stating this since Rickie was called up.....he is NOT a leadoff hitter! He is too good of a hitter to have to worry more about putting the ball in play/taking pitches than simply going up there and doing what he did that earned him consecutive "Golden Spikes" awards. Weeks can absolutely smoke a baseball and has a ton of HR/RBI potential still. While I like JJ in the 2 hole ahead of Braun/Prince, I think it would be more beneficial if Weeks was hitting in front of those 2.

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I agree with $ here. I think Weeks in the 2-hole is our best bet. With Braun and Prince behind him and Corey on base in front of him, that would be sweet. Plus a pretty hot Cameron in the 5 spot, put JJ in the 6 and leave the rest the same.

Except for when Yo pitches. Bat him 4th.

Devil's Threesome said...

This whole JJ only likes to bat 2nd thing is annoying. I could live with Rick in the 2 hole.

Master Reid said...

I'm fine with Rickie batting first, but people need to stop expecting him to be the prototypical leadoff man. I too agree with $, that him hitting in front of Braun and Prince makes the most sense and him being able to attack the ball makes him better. I don't like the idea of moving either Braun or Prince out of the 3 or 4 holes, so I think we're "stuck" with Rick at the top. At least until Escobar comes up to stay.

EMoney said...

That brings up an interesting question, Reid. What are the future plans for the middle infield? Last year, everyone was discussing moving JJ to 2nd so Escobar could play short and JJ's slow a$$ would have less ground to cover at 2nd.....therefore moving on without Weeks. Now, Rickie is showing signs of what everyone thought he might be. If he continues to improve, I imagine he will be part of our long term plans. So where do we go with this trio? Does JJ get moved? Does Escobar get traded this year or next?

Master Reid said...

I have always thought that JJ would be the one to get moved. He doesn't want to play anywhere but short. And the switch from short to 2nd isn't as natural as one might think anyways. Short to 3rd is a more natural switch, and he doesn't even want to do that.

Even if this Rickie Weeks is an abberation, I still see JJ being moved. Shortstops with his kind of production are pretty hard to come by and he'll bring the most back in a trade. No chance in Hades we part with Escobar.

Rubie Q said...

I think Reid's right. I know I've said this to almost all of you, but whatever: Escobar makes plays in the field that you won't believe. Hardy is steady and all that, but he can't make the spectacular play like Escobar can. He just needs more seasoning.

Now, the bat probably won't be to the level of JJ's, but we've got mashers aplenty. I think Escobar can be a decent table setter for Prince and Braun and Hart.

EMoney said...

I briefly thought about moving JJ to third and possibly parting with Bill Hall's large contract if possible. I just can't see JJ playing there though. He has the arm, but he doesn't fit the 3rd base/power hitting image.....not the Bill Hall does either.

I haven't seen Escobar play yet, so I can't comment on his abilities. Does he hit for avg./power? Does he steal a ton of bases? Is he a bigger overall prospect than Laporta? If so, would we be better off trading Escobar for a stud and sticking with JJ, or maybe getting less for Hardy and moving on with Escobar?

Rubie Q said...

He went .328/.363/.434 at AA last year, with 8 homers, 24 doubles, 5 triples, and 34 steals. He's not a bopper -- but, then again, neither was Hardy when he was in the minors.

EMoney said...

So what do we have to gain with Escobar over Hardy? Yeah he might have more range and make the occasional incredible play, but does that make him that much more valuable than Hardy who can hit 25 Hrs and 80ish RBI's? It's not as if Hardy is a slouch at short.

Master Reid said...

All I know is that people all around baseball absolutely LOVE Escobar. I read something that referred to him as one of the top 3prospects in all of baseball. I don't know who he's drawing comparisons to, Jose Reyes perhaps? The other thing is he's cheap. JJ got a raise this year, he'll get another one next year unless he falls on his face. I'm all for moving forward with the younger, cheaper, and probably more talented option. And I'd be willing to do it as early as this July if things don't go well between now and then.

EMoney said...

What IF the Crew was competing for the division near the trade deadline and Melvin was pondering moving Escobar and 'X' for Peavy (similar to last year's scenario). Would you be willing to move all in again for a playoff run?

Rubie Q said...

But it's not just moving all in for one year. Peavy has a huge contract for the next four (or so) years. I don't think we can afford that hit on our books.

Master Reid said...

I don't know about that one for a couple of reasons:

1) Peavy is good, but he isn't Sabathia. And he's got something like 4 more years on his deal, so we'd be saddled with that money for a good while.

2) Escobar plays a premium position. Yeah LaPorta is a helluva hitter, but he's a corner outfielder/1st baseman. Sluggers with so-so gloves are fairly common at those positions.

3) Some people see Escobar as a better alternative at his position than the guy we already have. No one was making the argument that LaPorta was a better option than Prince, Braun, or Hart.

EMoney said...

He may not be Sabathia, but he is a legit #1 starter. In my opinion, the rotation of Peavy/Gallardo/Suppan/Parra/Looper combined with our hitters and a good closer in Hoffman would make us a playoff team again. Playoffs = HUGE revenue.

Further, Melvin allegedly was offering CC $20 mil/year so we might have the money to swing for Peavy. I would definitely consider this if I had the opportunity to do it.

In other news, I read that Brett Lawrie is raking but is no longer playing catcher. He apparently is converting to 2nd base. Does anyone else find this odd?

Devil's Threesome said...

Biggio made the switch from C to 2B.
I haven't heard that JJ would be unwilling to switch to 3B. If so, that's puzzling. What a bitch - he can only perform in the 2 hole and he wouldn't switch to 3B - where a consistent hitter is sorely needed.

FPMKE said...

Wow, I actually read up a bit on Lawrie when we drafted him and asked my Canadian co-worker (he played some college ball in the US)about Canada ball.

Interesting thing about Lawrie is that he was late to convert to catcher. Speculation is that he did it to get attention from scouts and I've seen a number of websites note that, as a catcher, he was behind in development (more on this later). My thought when he converted to 2nd a while back was that it was a great move. Clearly, he looked at the Brewers system and realized that Angel Salome was next in line at catcher and that, at 2nd, we were pretty weak (especially considering all the Weeks bullshit up to that point). It probably made sense for him to move to a position where he could advance more rapidly.

As for Canadian ball... they don't have high school team like we have in the US. Unlike here where in some states you can play for you high school and in a league over the summer, my Canuck pointed out that the weather prevented them from playing a standard high school season so everything was just organized league ball... hence, a late switch to catcher and lack of opportunities to play regularly had Lawrie way behind the curve as a catcher.

Back to JJ, Weeks, and Escobar. If JJ could switch to 2nd, would anyone be adverse to cashing in on Weeks while he's doing well? I know we have all waited for him to come around but what if his performance this is an aberration ala Bill Hall?

FPMKE said...

Wow, long and drawn out comment equals several FPMKE typos... sorry.

EMoney said...

Weeks has a higher ceiling than Hardy does. I would sacrifice Weeks' miscues in the field for an athletic power hitting 2nd baseman that can also steal 20+ bases. And right now Hardy still probably has more trade value than Weeks.