Sunday, May 25, 2008
Russel Branyan Called Up, Tony Gwynn Sent Down
A move that should have taken place at least a week ago if not more finally took place after last nights win over the Nats. The Brewers called up left handed power hitting 3B Russell Branyan and sent down weak hitting, no use on the team 4th OF Tony Gwynn. I hate to be that harsh on Tony but he really brings no value to this team. The things he does bring is speed and defense neither of which were the Brewers using him for. Now what Branyan brings to the table the Brewers really need. A left handed bat with power who could be key late in the game as a pinch hitter and to start some games at 3B against RHP since Bill Hall is atrocious against righties and Branyan mashes them. Now I don't expect Branyan to be some kind of savior but I do think he will help the offense a bit. Granted he will strike out like Hall does, but he can hit the long ball and he brings a good OBP and should take a fair amount of walks. With as bad as Hall as been against RHP if Branyan hits even .250 against RHP it's an upgrade. Branyan is expected to be in the starting lineup this afternoon for the Crew against RHP Tim Redding of Washington. Let 3TO version 2.0 begin!