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HOT or NOT - 8/30/09 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

The offense showed up last night and pounded the bejeezus out of the Phillies. I wholeheartedly approve. Several of the men featured below were prominently involved...lets check it. HOT Matt Diaz, OF: .586/.600/.897. Bad: one walk. Good: everything else. Seriously, 26 total bases in a week?! Thats just obscene. I find it pretty funny that Matty's only got 5 runs scored and 5 RBI on the week, but each can be explained by where he was hitting in the order...the RBI deficiency is what comes of hitting leadoff, and the runs deficiency is what happens when you hit low in the order. Such is life. Worth noting is that Diaz has 7 straight multihit games, and since that streak started last Saturday, his average has risen by a whopping 30 points. Thats pretty cool. Javier Vazquez, SP: 1-0, 0.00. Yeah, Javy shut the Padres down on Friday. No runs, 6 strikeouts, 5 hits, no walks...yeah, thats a pretty effective start. If this guy could just get his homers under control, he'd be a Cy Young candidate every year. He's got only 35 walks, but has allowed 17 homers! Kind of funny to think about...this is far and away the best year of his career, and he's only 2 games above .500. God bless wins and losses. Brian McCann, C: .346/.370/.577. Garret Anderson had a higher OPS, so why'd I pick McCann? Simple, I looked at a traditional stat: RBI! McCann had a whopping 10 of them on the week, 9 of which came in a pair of 3 hit games. Screw stats getting skewed, its still pretty impressive in my book. NOT Martin Prado, 2B: .217/.269/.217. Yeah, you knew this was coming. Lets keep trotting Prado out there on a daily basis, he's earned this starting slot! While we're at it, lets ignore the .715 OPS versus righties and the .689 OPS since the All-Star break. Its not as if Prado is horribly unlucky either...his post-ASB BABIP is .285, which is low but not horrifyingly low like Kelly Johnson's earlier this season. Before the break, his BABIP was .349. Man, its almost as if someone predicted this. I'm not saying Kelly Johnson is absolutely breaking down doors to get his starting job back, but for people to keep giving Prado a pass while sending Kelly to the gallows is ridiculous. FYI, Kelly's season BABIP is .233. Just saying. Kris Medlen, RP: 0-1, 4.50. Yeah, poor Meds. He had a really great run before this week came along. First, he came into the Padres game on Tuesday, allowed a run in extras and took the loss. His outing before the Padres game (which figured into this week's calculations) was a pair of scoreless innings against Florida on Sunday. He followed the San Diego game up on Thursday by pitching a perfect inning, and then served up a 2 run homer in the pouring rain to Ryan Howard on Friday. He'll be fine. Just a rough spot over the course of the week. Chipper Jones, 3B: .136/.345/.273. I was waffling on who to put here before throwing Larry to the wolves, because quite frankly, a 3 for 22 stretch isn't acceptable. Before people jump down my throat, I just want to say that I love the 7 walks. Chipper just had a really, crappy, unlucky week. He only struck out once, which put his BABIP for the week at a solid...100. Thats right, .100. Horrible. Whereas last year, Chipper would have a BABIP of like .500 for a week, this year its going in the opposite direction. You win some, you lose some. Thems the breaks, kid. Alright, schedule time. Probably going to post that cute little innovative Marlins preview tonight or tomorrow around lunch time, then I'll get the Phillies recap up tomorrow evening. One more note. Please become a fan of BravesHeart on Facebook, because it would really help my ego. Just click this. Hopefully it works. Thanks!

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