Monday, July 20, 2009

I Don't Have Time To Do The Research To Back Up My Rage ...

So I'm just gon' say it:

What the fuck does Mat Gamel have to do to convince Melvin and Macha he should be the everyday third baseman?

When he's gotten a couple days' run, he's been solid-to-really-good. The defense hasn't been a major issue. He's another power bat, he's a lefty, and he hits lefties. He's struck out too much, for sure, but so did Braun and Fielder when they first came up.

Point is: he's good. He's getting better. He should be on the big-league team.

5 comments:

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

Per baseball reference.com - Stats for first 2 months in your "rookie" season

Gamel - 131 AB, .239 avg. 27 hits, 10 runs, 4 hr, 5 2b, 1 3b, 16 rbi, 16 walks, 46 k's, .743 ops., .925 fielding % (for year)

Fielder - 197 AB, .319 avg. 63 hits, 29 runs, 9 hr, 17 2b, 0 3b, 33 rbi, 16 walks, 49 k's, .914 ops., .992 fielding % (for year)

Braun - 212 AB, .363 avg., 77 hits, 45 runs, 17 hr, 15 2b, 2 3b, 46 rbi, 19 walks, 49 k's, 1.109 ops., .895 fielding % (for year)

don't worry gamel will get his chance soon, he just hasn't lived up to the hype at the plate like Braun and Fielder did.

Master Reid said...

Couldn't agree more. I wish they'd leave him in there to get some reps against lefties. I understand the whole "playing everday in Triple A rather than sitting in the bigs" argument. But why does he have to sit in the bigs? Is there going to be a Counsell/Mcgehee platton at 3rd now? I guess since Mcgehee is playing pretty well you can be somewhat ok with the move. But like said a month ago, in my opinion it's his job unless he fucks something up really majorly.

Rubie Q said...

Do another comparison for me:

Gamel's numbers in the games he's started at third base

vs.

Prince's rookie numbers and Braun's rookie numbers in the same number of starts.

Rubie Q said...

I hate to cite anything Ned Yost ever did or said to make my point, but fuck it, I'm too tired to put this into my own words:

When Braun first got called up, Yost penciled him in the 3-hole immediately. Asked why, His Majesty responded (loosely): "Fuck, he's going to be hitting there eventually anyway. He might as well get used to it."

Mat Gamel is going to be your everyday third baseman for the next five years, yes? (Unless, of course, Hart gets traded and Gamel moves to the outfield.) So why not throw him out there early and often?

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

I can't get anymore detailed than that right now. I understand your point that he wasn't given the same chances that Prince and Brauny got.