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First Pitch: The Case For Jeff Clement Over Casey McGehee

First Pitch: The Case For Jeff Clement Over Casey McGehee

Jeff Clement hit his fourth homer in his last four games tonight, and is now hitting for a .280/.372/.537 line in 82 at-bats in the month of May, with all five of his 2012 homers coming during the month.

Earlier tonight on Twitter I posted Clement's major league stats next to the numbers from Casey McGehee over the last two years. Those numbers are as follows.

Jeff Clement Career Major League Stats: .223/.281/.383, 14 HR in 363 AB

Casey McGehee 2011-2012: .217/.279/.331, 13 HR in 644 AB

McGehee was brought in to platoon with Garrett Jones, with the hopes that his 2011 season would be a fluke, and he'd hit more like the 2009-2010 version. So far, that hasn't happened. Now that Matt Hague is in the majors, McGehee has moved from platoon player to a bench player with a struggling bat.

Clement's numbers in Triple-A come with a big disclaimer: he's been at the level for parts of seven seasons, and he's struggled to do anything more than hit for power in the majors. But I was thinking a...

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