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HOT or NOT - 8/30/10 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

This week, it was really easy for me to pick 3 in each category...I'm sure it was easy for you guys too. HOT Brian McCann: .524/.545/.762, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K McCann punctuated his excellent week yesterday, when he reached base 4 times and hit a walk-off homer against the Marlins. The Braves catcher is starting to heat up back in the cleanup spot. His line in 291 at bats hitting 4th is .296/.399/.512, while in 77 at bats hitting 5th, his line reads a pedestrian .221/.333/.377. Note to Bobby: McCann is your cleanup hitter, not Derrek Lee. Eric Hinske: .400/.438/.667, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K Hinske got a couple of starts at first base this weekend with Derrek Lee's pulled side taking him out of action after only one at bat on Saturday, and the big man stepped up, driving in a couple runs yesterday to start the rally against the Fish. Hinske has been one of the most under the radar free agent signings by any team this offseason, and is an absolutely huge upgrade over what the Braves were getting last season from Greg Norton, who was the primary pinch hitter for the team. Yeah...just a little bit of an upgrade there. What a huge signing. Jason Heyward: .391/.500/.652, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K All around solid week for the Braves rookie in the 2-hole. He's the best player on the team and getting on base, and did a fantastic job setting the table this week for Martin Prado, who drove in 10 runs...not enough for him to make this list, though. After a horrible June, Heyward has turned the jets back up since the All-Star Break, with a .308/.417/.479 line. I'll take that out of a rookie. His power has tailed off since the break though: his first half ISO was .204, while in the second half, its only .171. He's walking at about the same rate, and has cut his strikeout rate from 26% to 23%...so there are improvements to go along with the lack of power. NOT Melky Cabrera: .154/.313/.231, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K Well, at least he didn't strike out a lot. Melky also gets some shame for being on this list due to some sloppy defense on Wednesday in Colorado, where he was double switched out in the 6th inning. As we all know by now...it wouldn't have an impact on the end of the game, but regardless. Cabrera might lose some playing time to Matt Diaz in September, with him heating up. Jonny Venters: 0-2, 12.27 ERA, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 K Jonny got his first taste of Coors Field this week...and I don't think he liked it. His only 2 losses of the season, and all 5 runs he allowed on the week came in this house of horrors. Venters made things interesting yesterday with a 28 pitch outing against the Marlins, where he allowed a couple baserunners, but no runs. He needs a couple more days off. Derek Lowe: 0-1, 8.00 ERA, 13 H, 3 HR, 5 BB, 8 K One positive: he struck out a lot of batters. That's all, really. He got hammered Saturday, he was ineffective Tuesday in Colorado...yeah. Just think folks, only 2 years and $30 million left on his contract! The Braves have won 3 of Lowe's 9 starts since the All-Star Break...he's not exactly leading by example for the Braves young pitchers, now is he? Weekly Prospect Report will be up in a couple of hours...its the second to last one of the year! Depressing times...

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