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HOT or NOT - 7/11/09 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Gonna get in a little pre-UFC goodness...HOT or NOT is officially a  Saturday feature now, since I usually have plenty of time on my hands. There won't be an edition of it next week due to the All-Star Brea, but one will definitely pop up on the 25th. So lets kick it off...who is HOT, and who is NOT? HOT Martin Prado, 2B: .414/.485/.517. Yeah, this dude again. Another ho hum week for Prado, with 3 more doubles, 4 more walks, and only 3 strikeouts. Works for me. He's got 7 more walks than our former right fielder (yay!) in more than 100 less ABs. Working out pretty well so far. Kelly Johnson is having a pretty good rehab assignment down in Gwinnett...so who knows where thats gonna lead. Nate McLouth, CF: .355/.412/.613. I've been saying for weeks now, this is the guy that really needs to start getting hot. Now that we've got a solid enough Ryan Church in right, McLouth can carry a little less of the outfield load on his back and get into a nice groove. 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 3 walks is a good start to a groove. Rafael Soriano, RP: 0-0, 0.00, 3 saves. I think the closer switching is over and done, and that the job fully belongs to Mr Soriano right now. 3 innings, 1 hit, no walks, 5 strikeouts, and 3 more saves to add to his total. His WHIP on the season is 0.89, and he's only allowed 22 hits on the season. Its completely laughable to think that he didn't make the All-Star team. NOT Mike Gonzalez, RP: 0-2, 15.00. Uh oh. Gonzo actually went back to Atlanta today with some tendinitis in his elbow...is this just due to overuse, or is it a sign of something more serious? Bobby needs to stop trotting him out there every other day, something bad is going to happen. And this week...bad happened a couple of times. 4 appearances, 3 innings, 5 runs, 3 walks, and only 1 strikeout. Those are not numbers you want out of the man who came into the season as the CAPITAL C CLOSER. Brian McCann, C: .185/.241/.296. I'm just going to go ahead and assume he's just really angry about the horrible suckiness of his best buddy in the world, and really bitter that the mentally deficient MLB fans thought Yadier Molina would be a better choice to start the All-Star Game. Ridiculous. Nothing went right for Heap this week, but at least he got a couple of walks. Garret Anderson, LF: .214/.267/.286. This is what I get for being pleased with his play. Its almost as if Garret wants be to be angry at him and make up horrible nicknames like I do for everyone else. Don't worry buddy...keep playing like this, and I'm sure I'll be able to come up with something new and clever thats safe for readers of all ages (unlike the nicknames I was spouting off a couple months ago).

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