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Gomez, Morgan to platoon in center for Brewers

Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 8:15 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Milwaukee Brewers finally welcomed Nyjer Morgan back from the disabled list on Friday, and he delivered by getting two hits and scoring two runs against Tim Lincecum. Morgan then slid over to right Saturday and watched Carlos Gomez (pictured) crank an inside-the-park home run and then punched a single in four at-bats on Sunday.

That's likely how things will continue to go for Morgan, who will be in a platoon with Gomez as the Brewers try to tap into Morgan's offense while keeping Gomez's defense in the lineup. With Morgan's return, manager Ron Roenicke intends to go with the hot hand as Gomez's .223/.280/.343 line in 166 at-bats erased a productive spring. You could forgive Roenicke for giving Gomez the bulk of the playing time in center up until now, even though Morgan being on the DL simplified things. Gomez is just 25 and looked like he could be figuring things out with a .390 batting average in spring training. At this point, Gomez is who he is: a gifted defender with an inability to hit.

"The defense makes it hard to get Gomez out of the lineup," Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He saves us a lot of runs defensively, and that's one of the reasons I keep putting him back out there. What he gives you offensively, we'll pick and choose."

Despite Gomez's awful .280 on-base percentage, he leads the team with 13 stolen bases, so he can impact the team in other ways on offense. But the whole idea at the plate is to get on base, not to steal a base the rare time you get on base. That's where Morgan figures in. He's not as good as Gomez defensively, but his career .346 OBP is 50 points better and he can steal around 40 bases a season if given enough playing time.

The negative when it comes to Morgan's base-stealing is that he gets caught a lot -- to the point where he shouldn't have a green light to steal on his own. His 17 caught-stealing marks in 2009 and 2010 led all of baseball. The other aspect that could figure into playing time is handedness. Gomez is right-handed, while Morgan hits left-handed.

"I don't know if we'll go to a straight platoon with those guys," Roenicke added. "But I think whoever's doing well is certainly going to get most of the playing time."

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Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:59 pm

Gomez, Morgan to platoon in center for Brewers

Gomez needs to find the bench-he can't hit at all

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:57 pm

Gomez, Morgan to platoon in center for Brewers

It's a much better idea to play Morgan. The Brewers are a right-handed team. With Fielder the only left-handed threat. Now with Morgan, teams can't just put a right-hander out there and just pitch around Fielder. Morgan is a very good defensive CF. Maybe not as good as Gomez, but pretty close.

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