longball12
McCalvy wrote an article where Melvin was asked the question what to do with Mat. It's a good question. He obviously is not going to be starting against lefties where you'll see a steady diet of Hall and Mcgehee. And against righties, you'll more than likely see Counsel and Casey. Mcgehee has EARNED his spot in the lineup to play everyday, at least for now.

So that begs to ask what to do with Mat. He isn't getting steady playing time. My personal opinion is that he isn't going to get better in the minors playing 3rd. I honestly believe if they send him down, they move him to the outfield where he can start learning a new position besides 3rd. If Cain can get healthy and get back to form for next year, and they don't resign Cameron, then you may need another outfielder. Not sure if they will start Cain out there, but he MAY be on the 25 man next year. Catalanatto and Geirut sure won't (wish we would have kept Duffy).

But my vote goes to keep him up because it is sure nice to have infield depth. We sure have enough left-handed bench support with Catalanatto, Geirut and Gamel, but he isn't going to help us by going back down right now. Because, then you'd have to bring someone back up. Who do you bring up? Irribarren? No thanks, I'd rather keep Gamel up here right now. Just thought I would bring up the question since Melvin got asked the question.
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db11
He needs to be playing everyday...but I'm not sure that right now the majors is the best option for Gamel. Longball talked about what helps the team now, well, another .240 hitter with a propensity to K doesn't help this team. I'm amazed at how many average fastballs he's swung through.

Someone said he has nothing to prove at AAA, actually he does. For one, he doesn't actually have all that much AAA experience, so what's to say his numbers down there weren't a fluke? The (likely) confidence he can gain from playing well down there could go a long way in preventing him from turning into another Weeks-type hitter.

They should have stuck with their original plan, especially since McGehee has given them some flexibility.

About the hot-hitting third basemen at AAA that was mentioned (Adam Heether)...probably wouldn't be a bad option off the bench, but is he on the 40-man?
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Why not play him everyday against righties? He will get plenty of AB's doing that and pinch hitting when he doesn't start since most pitchers are right handed anyway. Also when he's at then mcgehee would play 2nd so its not like they would be battling each other for playing time. Also we all know counsell can't play that often and that he is better as a player off the bench anyway.

So play him against righties and give him pinch hitting opportunities and he will get in there plenty of times and we don't crush his confidence by sending him down.
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He needs to play every day. Send him down to the minors again. As a Brewer fan lets hope for no more injuries so we don't need to have him up and use the other guys. Mat will be called up again at the end of the season when the rosters can expand. He has struggled a little from the plate. Let him go back to AAA and mash the ball and get his confidence up. The Brewers have a AAA 3B hitting .327 with 7HR in 49 games. He may be a guy to call up.

I like to see young guys play a lot and Mat isn't. Counsell may retire after this year and I believe that Hall is a free agent. He needs to play everyday to get ready for next season when they will need him to contribute and most likely start.
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Westfalls wrote:


He needs to play every day. Send him down to the minors again. As a Brewer fan lets hope for no more injuries so we don't need to have him up and use the other guys. Mat will be called up again at the end of the season when the rosters can expand. He has struggled a little from the plate. Let him go back to AAA and mash the ball and get his confidence up. The Brewers have a AAA 3B hitting .327 with 7HR in 49 games. He may be a guy to call up.

I like to see young guys play a lot and Mat isn't. Counsell may retire after this year and I believe that Hall is a free agent. He needs to play everyday to get ready for next season when they will need him to contribute and most likely start.


That's what I thought at first. Send him down. But then I was thinking, how does that make our current team any better? I mean the guy they bring up, more than likely Irribarren would be my guess, doesn't make us any better. I know Mat needs his confidence back and needs every day at-bats, but then again, will it help him? I guess I don't know. JJ is finding that stroke again, McGehee is hot and can platoon back and forth between 2nd and 3rd, and Counsell is steady at 3 positions. Who knows. I am torn on what to do.
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Maybe when Bush comes back they keep an extra pitcher and send Gamel down and Seth back to the pen??
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With Casey playing well its going to be tough for him to get AB's, granted Mat did come on there for a little bit. Part of me says send him down because I hate to see a young guy just sit there. But part of me says he can still help the big team and what is he going to prove down in AAA? That he can tear the cover off the ball down there.
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Here's my opinion. Play him every day at third for a week straight. He can hit lefties just fine (even a little better than righties the last two years actually), and let's see what he does. He seemed to do better the more he played consecutively. The longest stretch of starts he had was 6 games (the Indians and Tigers series), and in those six games he had seven hits and a .304 average. The other thing that tells me he is getting more comfortable is his walks have increased dramatically. From May 14 (callup) to June 15 he only had four walks. Since then he has 9 walks. Give him a real chance. If he's still struggling a bit after a week, send him down and have him play everyday there. He likely wouldn't get brought back up unless someone gets hurt, someone starts tanking (Hall doesn't count since he's already doing that), or September.

Also, give McGehee the everyday second base job during that time. Maybe let Counsell get one start or a start at short or something to stay fresh.
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