HOT Omar Infante: .433/.485/.900, 9 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1/1 SB Infante is probably your NL player of the week, and dear god was he a fantastic catalyst at the top of the lineup. I find it funny that he only had 1 double...but I'm not complaining. Anyone who was panicking about having Infante starting every day after Chipper's injury is breathing a little easier now. He's hitting .349 for the year, and has an outside shot at winning the NL batting title. He's 169 plate appearances shy of qualifying, but there is a little known rule that can give him the title if he doesn't qualify. Say Infante finishes at 482 plate appearances. A 0/20 streak can be tacked onto his final stat line, and if his average is still leading the league, the title is his. This little known rule was brought to the public's attention by AJC Braves beat writer David O'Brien in one of his weekend notes columns. Very interesting...I'd prefer Infante just outright win it so people couldn't cry about conspiracy theories. Martin Prado: .375/.464/.500, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K Kind of a blah week for Prado...all he does is get on base. Having him back in the lineup is a huge boost for the team, but I'm not too sure about him hitting in the 3-hole...I'd almost prefer that him and Jason Heyward switch spots in the lineup. But whatever, it seems to be working pretty well in his week since coming off the DL. I'll take it. Jonny Venters/Billy Wagner: (combined) 1-0, 1 SV, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K This duo has been absolutely fatal to teams trying to come back against the Braves. Venters has the lowest reliever ERA in the NL, while Wagner is 4th. They're both striking out a batter per inning. They are tied for 5th in the NL in lowest batting average allowed, at .175. Pretty much...they're deadly. Combine them with Takashi Saito (who isn't being used as often with the emergence of Venters, but he should be), and you've got a trio that makes it a 6 inning game. NOT Brian McCann: .167/.318/.167, 2 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K Blah. The Braves power hitting catcher has been cold without Chipper Jones in the lineup. Since the injury, McCann is 5/28 with 1 extra base hit (the big pinch hit grand slam in Houston). He's a crucial cog in this lineup, and needs to start hitting and driving in the top 3 men in the order, who got on base like crazy this week and were picked up by others. Melky Cabrera: .167/.231/.250, 2 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K Unlike McCann, Melky actually had a couple extra base hits and a few RBI this week. Thats it, really. The 8 strikeouts in 24 at bats are a killer. Just as I thought he was turning a corner, he drops a stinker of a week like this. Cabrera should still be hitting in the 7 or 8 hole...no reason for him to be hitting 6th like he was this weekend against the Cubs. Eric Hinske: .100/.308/.100, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K Hinske got a couple of starts at first base during the Washington series, with Troy Glaus being put on the DL and Derrek Lee still hanging out in Chicago. That...was a mistake. Hinske is a bench player, pure and simple, regardless of what happened with his hotness earlier this season. Spot starts here and there are fine, but counting on him to be in a solid platoon is silly. He's an awesome option coming off the bench in a key situation...but please, don't give him 3 or 4 starts a week. 2 articles down...a couple more to go. Its not even 3:30 yet...we still have 5 and a half hours until gametime! I've got more stuff lined up.I haven't even looked at the weekly stats yet, and I know who's going to be on each list...pretty sad.