Hart, McGehee surprising offensive stars

Hart, McGehee surprising offensive stars

DENVER -- If you had Corey Hart and Casey McGehee picked as the Brewers' RBI leaders through 65 games, step up and collect your prize. Hart certainly wouldn't have guessed it.

The red-hot Brewers right fielder hit a three-run double in Tuesday's win over the Angels that gave him 47 RBIs this season, matching McGehee for the team lead. The Brewers' duo entered Friday's series-opener at Colorado tied for the fifth-best RBI total in the National League and 11th-best in the Majors.

The Brewers' co-favorites entering the season had to be Ryan Braun, who entered play Friday with 45 RBIs, and Prince Fielder, who had 26.

"If I'm leading the team in home runs and RBIs, it only means those guys aren't hot yet," Hart said. "That's got to be good news for us."

Hart entered the night leading all National League hitters with 17 homers. Not bad, considering that he was on the bench for Opening Day. Jim Edmonds started in right field, and Hart had to scrap for playing time throughout April.

"It's quite a story in itself," manager Ken Macha said. "He had a miserable Spring Training. He didn't know whether to wear glasses, contacts, nothing. There were a lot of reports he was being traded. He was not the Opening Day right fielder. When I told him that, he said, 'Sure, I'd like to start, but I'm not going to be upset. I'm going to go out there and work.' And he's done that. Credit to him and Dale [Sveum, the team's hitting coach]. It's been a bunch of hard work for him, and it's paid off."

Hart said he was "motivated to get that spot back. I think it's helped me in the long run."

His eyesight issues have long been solved. Hart began wearing contacts during the first week of the season.