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Can you platoon a "star"?
Posted by Herb Ilk at 4/22/2006 1:16:00 PM
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As a Brewers fan (no jokes please), I end up watching or listening to 90% of their games. From time to time this summer I want to chime in on a few things.

First off, is it against the rules to sit Geoff Jenkins against lefthanded pitchers? Here is how he's done against lefthanders in recent years:

2006 626 OPS
2005 806 OPS
2004 665 OPS
2003 718 OPS (1007 vs. righties!)
2002 601 OPS

I know the guy has been an all-star and is one of the highest paid players on the team, but does that mean the manager isn't allowed to bench him against lefties or at least pinch hit for him late in games? The Brewers aren't without options in this area. They could easily keep either Corey Hart or Nelson Cruz on their big league roster just to play RF against lefthanders and pinch hit in other situations. I'd be shocked if that didn't produce better results offensively than having Jenkins keep hacking away. Am I wrong, is Jenkins still the best option against lefties? Are there situations like this on other teams? Will the Brewers ever have the guts to platoon Jenkins?


Comments....

As a fellow Brewer fan, I agree with you 100% Herb....As obvous as it has been the past few seasons I am surprised I never hear about the notion? It must be because of his fat contract they feel obligated to play him every game....This year with Hart and Hall, they have more options then the past and still nothing but a routine day off at best...
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 4/22/2006 8:05:00 PM
 
If Jenkins played on a high-salary team, he wouldn't even be considered a star to begin with, but rather a good player with an obvious weakness - like, for instance, Trot Nixon on the Red Sox.

I completely agree that it's almost a crime that he doesn't sit at the very least against the tough lefties, in favor of Hart and Cruz. The Brewers are doing so many things right under the current regime, I think, but this is one place where they're wrong.
Posted by Erickson at 4/23/2006 3:32:00 PM
 

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