Today, Carlos Gomez and Corey Hart will be sitting as Ken Macha is shoving as many lefties into the lineup as possible. That means that Jim Edmonds and Jody Gerut will be starting in the outfield today.
I’m a pretty unabashed Jody Gerut fan, and I really loved the trade of Tony Gwynn, Jr. to the Padres even despite the numbers that each player put up last season – Gwynn looked good in SD, whereas Gerut was pretty much awful in Milwaukee.
Jody Gerut can hit, though, as he showed in 2008, when he hit 14 HRs as a Padre in only 356 PAs. That’s including many games at PETCO Park, so that’s some legitimate power. Despite his poor 2009, the projection systems still think he’ll be solid this season, forecasting something like a .265/.325/.435 line with decent defense in the outfield. That’s a roughly league average player, and somebody great to have on the team.