Monday, March 5, 2012

Brewers Mat Gamel Can Fill Big Shoes

The Milwaukee Brewers play tonight at 8:35 PM central standard time against the San Francisco Giants on MLB network. Tuesday you can catch the Brewers at 9 PM central standard time on FSN playing the Oakland Athletics.

The Brewers Mat Gamel has been handed the chance to be the first baseman for the Crew this season; this is not new to most you,
what has changed for Gamel and the Brewers is the knee injury to Corey Hart. A surgery is scheduled for Tuesday; Hart is expected to be out 3 to 4 weeks and hopes to be back for the start of the regular season, and likely will see limited playing time for a few weeks after his return.
 The unfortunate injury to Hart, makes it less likely that Gamel will have to platoon, and the Brewers can get a better look at what he can do facing left-handed pitching.

Another option for the Brewers at first base is Taylor Green, who also bats left, and had some success at the major league level Last year with the Brewers. Green could fill in at first base when needed, and can play second and third base, possibly filling the void of the retired Craig Counsell, a valuable utility player.   

I am Predicting Mat Gamel will prove himself with consistent playing time, and I have high expectations for him, and a big year for the Crew. 
Tell me what you Think?
Till next time. Go Brew Crew!

Packers Franchise Tag Deadline-Use?

The Green Bay Packers have only a few hours left before the 3:00 PM CST deadline to use the franchise tag. Quarterback Matt Flynn or Pro Bowl Ctr., Scott Wells are not likely to be tagged, as time is running short for a deal. The Packers are not showing their hand, and will probably come down to the wire. As the saying goes, no news is good news; sometimes it just does not satisfy the craving for us fans.

The Detroit Lions placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril. The non-exclusive franchise tag allows other teams to negotiate with Avril; the Lions would have the option of matching any offer, or losing him for a pair of first-round picks to the team that signs him.

Not all teams use the franchise tag every year, with less than a few hours to the 3:00 PM central time deadline, only 13 teams have used the tag.
The tag prices have dropped this year from last year’s record. The Quarterbacks franchise tag was worth 16.1 million last year and has dropped to 14.4 million this year. Sources have predicted we could see more use of the franchise tag, due to the lower pricing of the tags.
 We shall see soon, until next time. 
Update! As of 4:10 P.M. CST. there was 21 teams using a form of Franchise Tag!