Baseball Crank
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May 19, 2009
BASEBALL: Having A Bad Weeks

The news that Rickie Weeks is out for the season with a wrist injury is a sad turning point of sorts on a couple of levels. Weeks has always been a talented player, but with limitations - defensive problems, injuries, offensive inconsistency. He's shown power, speed, plate patience and decent batting averages, but has rarely put them all together in the same season. At 26 and off to his best start with the bat, Weeks looked like he might make this, at last, the year when he could put it all together and give the Brewers a couple of really high-quality seasons.

Now, of course, he faces long rehab on his wrist, and undoubtedly will be rusty, especially in the field, when he returns. Add to that the depletion of the Milwaukee rotation over the last few years - Sheets, Capuano, Sabathia - and despite a 24-14 record, that sound you hear may be the Brewers' window of opportunity to put together a championship-quality team with this talent core (Fielder, Weeks, Braun, Hart, Hardy, Gallardo, Sheets and Capuano) closing for good.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:07 AM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Isn't it a bit misleading to list Sabathia as a 'depletion' from the rotation - he was only a mercenary for half a season, not farm raised talent or a veteran of several years with the club.

Posted by: Bensdad00 at May 19, 2009 10:52 AM

Crank, Sheets and CC combined for 34 starts last season, while Gallardo made 4. If Gallardo makes 30 starts this year, they are fairly even with the starting staff from last year and the bullpen is so much better it isn't even comparable. Weeks going down hurts, but they will either replace him with Alcides Escobar, sign a FA such as Mark Grudzeilanek(sp?) or trade for an expiring contract at 2B like DeRosa. The offense is so deep with power they just need a decent OBP guy who plays above average defense to avoid a catastrophe.

And Weeks knows how to rehab from this injury, he did the same thing to his other wrist in 2006.

Posted by: Joe at May 19, 2009 7:38 PM
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