Brad Nelson. Tore the cover off the ball in spring training. Has looked generally clueless when it has counted. After getting his first big league start yesterday, Macha sends him up in a key situation in tonight's game, and what does Brad do? If you guessed strike out, you are correct. Honestly, I am surprised he worked the count full. The guy is just having a rough go of it. His confidence has to be shot and I can't see Macha using him in key situations anymore. What do you do with the guy? If you send him down he has to clear waivers, but if you leave him up, it seems like he is destin to rot on the bench.
Even though it wasn't a save situation, and I am glad the Brewers scored those 5 runs to make it that way, it was pretty cool to see Hoffman enter the game tonight. Couldn't have asked for a much better situation for his debut. No pressure and a 1-2-3 inning against a team the Brewers have dominated. 16 in a row at Miller Park and 13 overall. Amazing.
Carlos V. Erg.
Entering tonight's game:
Mike Cameron: .328 AVG; .431 OBP; 1.070 OPS; 4 homers; 10 RBIs (and add a homer and 2 RBIs)
Melky Cabrera: .297 AVG; .366 OBP; .987 OPS; 4 homers; 7 RBIs (24 less ABs than Cameron)
I am glad the Brewers didn't trade Cameron. I just hadn't thought about the near trade in a while and just wanted to compare the stats.