Milwaukee Brewers 3rd baseman Bill Hall failed to deliver in key situations against right handed pitchers in consecutive games this week.  Wednesday night, Hall came to the plate as the tying run as the Brewers were rallying in the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.  Hall struck out on three pitches against Chris Sampson, his fourth whiff of the game, ending the Brewers comeback attempt.  Thursday, Hall came to the plate in the 4th inning with the bases loaded and only one out  against Astros starter Roy Oswalt and promptly hit into a double play ending another rally.  Hall struggled mightily against right handed pitchers last season and that unfortunate trend has continued into this one.

Apparently, Brewers manager Ken Macha promised Hall he would get a chance to prove himself against right handers in the Houston series, essentially implying that series would be an audition for Hall.  With hot left-handed hitting rookie third baseman Mat Gamel called up from Nashville, look for the third base situation to become an official platoon by the time the Brewers travel to Minnesota for inter-league play this weekend.

 

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  • Jon

    I think Hall will stay at 3rd through the Minnesota series with Gamel at DH. Next week probably begins the platoon.

    • http://mike Mike

      With the acquisition of Gerut, I wouldn’t be too sure of that. I suspect they may be losing patience with Billy and I don’t foresee him playing against right handers much longer.

  • Chris

    I agree with Jon on the timing, and — cynically — I expect Hall to fail powerfully, opening the door for a platoon. I think Billy is well-suited to that arrangement, but I don’t believe it should be with Gamel (too many defensive questions there for a team that is looking like a contender). I would like to see Counsell there with Hall, even if that means McGahee plays second full time at 2b or in a platoon with a yet-again-recalled Iriabarren.

    • http://mike Mike

      Macha seems committed to playing Counsell at second and they didn’t bring Gamel up to sit on the bench. Also, the defensive dropoff may not be that great anymore as Hall seems to be taking his struggles at the plate into the field lately.

      It may be time to admit that the Brewers ended up overpaying Hall for one uncharacteristically good season and now they’re forced to make the best of the situation.