In attempt to make this cold-cloudy morning bearable, I have decided to dig deep in to "Google News" links to see what heart-fuzzy news is out there for the Crew....if any......
-Since Prince Fielder is off to below average start (slugging percentage was cut in half, so far), it's nice to see Casey McGehee rise to the occasion. I briefly discussed his play in yesterday's post (for the hundreds that read it). Since taking over as a regular starter, in wake of Rickie Weeks' injury, Casey has now played a "full season". JSOnline took a close look at his numbers as a starter and they are quite impressive:
*Runs batted in-98
On-base + slugging-.887
*indicates he "really kicks ass"
I will be the first to admit that I thought Casey McGehee was going to be a choke this year. Don't get me wrong, the guy is a class-act and he's breath of fresh air when you look at "prospects" like Matt Gamel, Mat LaPorta (gone), Michael Brantley (gone), Nelson Cruz (gone)...get my drift? To sum this all up, I just have to say 3 words:
THANK YOU CUBS
...for pulling the plug on him so soon.
Milwaukee's schedule is about to get a lot tougher. The Crew is ending their short home stand with a 3-game series against the Philly's. Randy Wolf takes to the mounds tonight against the grizzly veteran, Jamie Moyer. Moyer is coming off his latest feat....a complete game shut-out (3 hitter)...and the oldest pitcher to do so in MLB history! Very impressive.
Now back to the schedule....Milwaukee flies out to Cincy for a quick 2-game series in the Queen City and then the very next day heads over to Pittsburgh for another 2-game series...then they hop on the plane again and head over to enemy territory in the Twin Cities for the next chapter in the storied Twins-Brewers rivalry. Lucky for the Crew, they then return home to face the woeful Astros (although they just swept the Cards).
-Chris Capuano "sparkled" once again in his latest outing down in the farm. Last night was his first AAA appearance and he didn't disappoint. He tossed 8 scoreless innings giving up 3 hits and 2 passes while striking out 5. This was his best showing since making his comeback this spring. It appears that Capuano is ahead of schedule as most analysts and the coaching staff thought he would be ready sometime in the 2nd half of the season. I still don't see him cracking the rotation this season.