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HOT or NOT - 7/12/10 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Unlikely offensive contributors take the spotlight this week... HOT Matt Diaz: .471/.471/.824, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI Diaz didn't walk all week. But on a positive note, he somehow didn't strike out either. I was very skeptical about how much Diaz would be able to contribute to the team after coming off the DL...but I'll be damned, he had himself one hell of a week. This fantastic week knocked his OPS on the season up to .615...or 3 points lower than Yunel Escobar's. Christ almighty. Diaz is a solid weekend series against Milwaukee away from being at the stage where he's a serviceable player. Omar Infante: .464/.464/.571, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 K, 0/1 SB Like Diaz, Infante didn't walk all week. Unlike Diaz, he hit for absolutely no power: only 1 of his 13 hits went for extra bases. Its good to have a guy like Infante at the top of the lineup peppering out singles...but god, he needs to have some sort of patience at the plate or some sort of pop in order to be a truly stud player and deserving all-star. But whatever...9 hits in a 3 game series is something to be proud of. Melky Cabrera: .300/.333/.600, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 SB Look at my man Melky! Maybe his best week as a Brave. This is what fans imagined a best case scenario for Melky this season, and thankfully, he did it for at least one week this season. With all the injuries the Braves are dealing with right now, a strong performance from Melky is something that is absolutely desired by the team. NOT Troy Glaus: .167/.318/.167, 2 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K Glaus was the catalyst in the Braves offense during the month of June, allowing the Braves to get back into the NL East race. He's been slumping lately with a knee injury, and hopefully the All-Star Break will give him some time to rest up and get back into that May form for the second half of the season. Lord knows the Braves need him. One positive: the 4 walks. More than the 3 men in the HOT list had combined. Yunel Escobar: .208/.240/.250, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB Well, at least he didn't strike out. Escobar has been terrible with the bat all season, and some defensive miscues this weekend in New York has people calling for his head. In all due fairness...I'm kind of starting to see their side of the story. He's done nothing but regress since his 2007 rookie year, and I'm starting to wonder...did we set our expectations too high? Not really sure at this point...he really needs to have a hot second half for this team. Takashi Saito: 0-0, 4.91 ERA, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K I'm thinking something is still wrong with Saito after his DL stint. In 3 of his 4 appearances, he allowed multiple baserunners, with 2 of those outings resulting in runs scored. The fewest amount of pitches he threw in those 3 outings was 17. This is a guy that really needs to stand up and deliver in the second half of the year, because when he's on, he is a perfect bridge to Billy Wagner in the 9th. WPR won't be up tonight, because real life is getting in the way. Sorry guys...look out for that tomorrow.

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