Monday, April 11, 2011
It's El Super Day
You might think that this week's El Super would be a no brainer--Prince Fielder was named the NL player of the week on Monday. Prince went 11-for-22 (four doubles and two homers) with a 1.496 OPS in the last week (or 11-for-25 in the last seven games).
I decided to go in a different direction.
While I think it is important to celebrate what a special player Prince is (and the fact that he's hitting in April!), I want to give the award to a player (or maybe two) who stepped in to fill a hole before it turned into a black hole. First, I want to give an El Super to Chris Narveson. In his second outing of the year, Narveson blanked the Cubs. He went seven innings and gave up six hits, while striking out nine. In fact, he has yet to give up a run this season. If the Brewers are to be a playoff contender this year, they'll need more solid contributions from Narveson. This is especially true with Zack Greinke on the DL.
I'm also awarding an El Super to Nyjer Morgan. Some of the areas that caused the greatest concern for Brewer fans as the season opened was the play of Carlos Gomez and the play of what ever right fielder would replace Corey Hart (which led to the fear that our 6-7-8 spots in the batting order would be where rallies would go to die). Whether starting, pinch hitting or entering the game as a defensive replacement, Morgan has shined. Morgan posted a .533 BA (8-15) with one double and two triples and an OPS of 1.429 in the last week. All the while, being a quote machine AND having an alter ego.