McGehee among hitters owned by lefties 

August, 4, 2011

There was little reason to expect Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee to hit even one home run in Wednesday's day game against the St. Louis Cardinals, let alone smack three of them! In 218 at-bats since May 20, McGehee had managed to hit one home run, and that had come as a pinch hitter off Arizona Diamondbacks reliever (now minor leaguer) Sam Demel. In other words, McGehee hadn't homered as a starter in two and a half months.

Then he lit up right-hander Edwin Jackson for three of them Wednesday, and against a pitcher who had allowed eight home runs all season in 20 starts. Hey, sometimes I feel good about players starting to get hot and I recommend them as fantasy free-agent pickups. McGehee wasn't one of those fellows. He and his .607 OPS truly looked done. He was, in fact, arguably one of the worst players in baseball this season, considering his lack of power, .285 on-base percentage and miserable defense.