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June 1, 2010

Jason Heyward

by @ 12:52 pm.   Filed under braves, braves players

Not to diminish the contributions from guys like Prado and Glaus over the last month, but I wanted to highlight where Heyward falls in some of the offensive categories. The reason I am singling him out, obviously, is because he is a rookie. To be at the position he is at on most of these lists is a pretty big accomplishment for any player, but to be there as a rookie is just amazing in my opinion.

Category Position Heyward Leader
Runs T-27 29 42
Triples* T-9 3 5
Home Runs* T-8 10 13
RBI* 6 38 41
Walks T-10 29 39
AVG 28 .292 .327
OBP* 3 .410 .438
SLG* 5 .578 .603
OPS* 3 .988 1.004

* indicates categories in which Heyward is the team leader

Keep in mind that if 10 people are tied for 1st in a certain category, that everyone that is one spot behind them is tied for 11th, not tied for 2nd.

One stat not on the list above is strike outs. Heyward is 40 out of 95 qualified players with 36. However, only 10 of those took place in May. I can’t find where that ranks among qualified players, but its pretty low on the list, I can tell you that much.

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Game Recap: 5/31/2010 or FIRST PLACE!

by @ 12:30 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Tommy Hanson (5-3) L: Joe Blanton (1-4)


Granted, we still have a long season ahead of us, but I think things look good. My prediction is that if we are still in 1st place by the end of the long road trip we have coming up, we’ll stay there the rest of the season.

The Braves went 20-8 in the month of May, taking them from last place in the division to first in the span of just a few weeks. All of this was done with Chipper, McCann, and Escobar playing way below what’s expected of them for most of the month. Add to that the fact that McCann and Chipper have both started to show marked improvements, and even Escobar has shown signs he is coming out of his slump. We also can’t overlook Cabrera’s recent performance which has been much better than how he started the season.

Then there are the guys that have been performing on a high level the entire time. Heyward, Glaus, and Prado are the everyday players that top the list. Then there are guys like Hinske that seem to perform as a starter, pinch hitter, or late inning replacement. Even Ross is providing solid offense from a position that you don’t usually expect such things from (backup catcher).

Things are looking good Braves fans!

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