Monday, March 2, 2009

I Understand It's Just Spring Training, And Early But....

Jeff Suppan still looks like shit. Picking up right where he left off last year in game 4 of the NLDS, today in Suppan's second start he gave up a 3 run HR in the first inning. His line on the day was 3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs all earned 2 BB's and his ERA at 7.20. Suppan is making a strong case to surpass guys like Jeffrey Hammonds and Franklin Stubbs as the biggest free agent signing bust in Brewers history. I think if Suppan was getting money that a #5 starter normally gets this really wouldn't be a big deal, but he is getting more like #2 or #3 starter money and he sucks. If he continues to get rocked in spring and Braden Looper ends of being fine, at some point does Ken Macha go with McClung, Green or even DiFelice as the #5 starter? It's a fair question I think, kick Suppan to the pen.

While Suppan is sucking it up early in spring, Corey Hart and Brad Nelson continue to impress. Hart was 3-3 today with 2 RBI's and a HR, now hitting a cool .700 in Cactus League action. After Corey struggled so much in the second half last year and specifically in September it's great to see him raking. Nelson is getting rave reviews from Macha, was 1-3 with an RBI while playing LF. Macha is now giving Nelson consideration for a reserve OF spot. And why not? Look at the others fighting for that spot; Gwynn (hurt and really is nothing more then a AAAA player), Duffy (doing well, should be considered), Nixon (old, not hitting a lick) and Thorman (hitting well, but really just a 1B). Nelson is also more of a 1B, but has played OF in the minors.

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