McGehee among hitters owned by lefties

Updated: August 4, 2011, 12:26 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

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.

OK, now I'm just being mean, and McGehee did make an error in Wednesday's game, but the fantasy owners who had him active won't mind. McGehee was the ninth third baseman off the board in ESPN average live drafts, a ninth-round pick, but angered so many owners -- and legitimately -- that he was down to 42.2 percent ownership in ESPN standard leagues entering Wednesday, despite coming off a 104-RBI season. But what caught my eye when analyzing McGehee's stats -- and concluding this was one really great game, and not a Dan Uggla kind of magical season turnaround -- was his work against left-handed pitching.