You think the Cubs regret letting Casey McGehee go?
All McGehee has done since the Cubs released him is drive in 111 runs and hit close to .300. He's also driven in six runs in six games against them this year alone.
The Brewers caught lightning in a bottle when McGehee became available to them after the Cubs put him on waivers. He was never known as a top prospect. He was a career minor-leaguer before hitting it big with the Brewers.
Milwaukee was in much need of a third baseman after Bill Hall and top prospect Mat Gamel struggled last year. McGehee delivered. He hit .301 with 16 homers and drove in 66 runs to end 2009.
What has McGehee done as an encore this year? In 55 games, he's driven in 45 runs, tied for the NL lead with Troy Glaus. He also has nine homers, is hitting .290 and has scored 29 runs.
Last night, the Cubs were up 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
Carlos Marmol had a rare messy outing.
He hit Rickie Weeks to lead off the inning. He got lucky when Carlos Gomez popped up a bunt for the first out. Weeks stole second base. Prince Fielder walked. Ryan Braun grounded out, but it moved the runners up to second and third. Casey McGehee stepped up to the plate.
McGehee did what he always does: hit in the clutch.
McGehee hit a seeing-eye single up the middle and drove home Weeks and Fielder for the win.
While McGehee is driving in runs and getting clutch hits, Aramis Ramirez was struggling and is now on the disabled list.
The Cubs could sure use McGehee right now. One has to wonder where the Brewers would be this year without him.