Thursday, September 17, 2009

Could I Be Coming Around on Jody Gerut?

I've often been critical of Jody Gerut, but at the same time I've agreed with the comments that if he was given more playing time he might show what he can really do. Well, the second half version of Jody Gerut is a lot different than the guy we saw in the first half, and Gerut is not only getting more playing time but also taking advantage of it when it comes to him.

Thursday afternoon was a prime example of that, when Gerut hit a grand slam in the 4th inning to give the Brewers a lead against the Cubs, one they wouldn't relinquish. Gerut's home run helped the Brewers split a series with the Cubs that could have been a lot more meaningful had both of these teams not struggled this season.

With the win, the Brewers are 71-75, and playing better down the stretch. I'd like to see them get to at least .500, but to do that they'd have to go 11-7 in the final couple of weeks. It's definitely plausible, but I think they're probably going to start resting guys more and I wouldn't be surprised if Gallardo gets shut down this weekend. A .500 record would be nice, but we have to start preparing for next year, if we haven't already. I'll have some thoughts on what I'd like to see this offseason as soon as I'm over this Madden addicition.

POTG: Gerut.

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