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HOT or NOT - 7/5/10 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Haven't done one of these in awhile...the motivation is back baby! HOT Gregor Blanco: .450/.476/.550, 5 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/1 SB The Braves new center fielder, with the injuries to Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward, is really making a case to keep his roster spot after those guys come back. Gregor, who was a starter in 2008 and spent limited time with the big club in 2009, has always exhibited great patience at the plate, but has never really showed any power. His ISO for the season is an abysmal .068, but he's walking at a great clip of 13.7%. His BABIP is .457 so there will be a regression with the batting average, but I'll take what I can get right now. He's got an infield hit % of 13.3%, thanks to his speed and great bunting skill. I've always been a Blanco advocate...good to see him playing well. Tim Hudson: 1-1, 1.80 ERA, 11 H, 1 HR, 4 BB, 13 K I've been saying all year that if Hudson wants to retain his low ERA, he's going to need to start striking batters out. Huddy has apparently started to listen, with 13 K's in his last 2 starts. When you combine the recent strikeout tendencies with his season-long approach of keeping the ball on the ground...he could be really dangerous in the second half for opponents. He could be an outer tier Cy Young candidate if he's able to keep these strikeouts up. Tommy Hanson: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K It was a tossup for the final spot on the list, but I went with Hanson, due to his nice rebound after a couple of absolutely hideous starts. He was an absolute demon on Saturday and really gave the Braves one hell of a start. This is the Hanson that the team needs desperately this season. Tommy was counted on to be a rock in the rotation, and these crappy starts he's been having won't cut it. Reserve those for Mr Lowe, please. NOT Eric Hinske: .059/.143/.059, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K You read that correctly: 9 strikeouts in 17 at bats. The luster is wearing off Hinske as a guy getting a lot of playing time, and once the injured outfielders I previously mentioned start to come back, he'll likely be shifted onto a bench role getting maybe 2 starts a week. Don't get me wrong, I'd love for him to continue to be the soultaking force that he was earlier in the season...but lets be honest. Small sample sizes regress. It was fun while it lasted. Troy Glaus: .067/.176/.133, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 K Glaus had a knee issue he was dealing with this week, so his performance can be explained a little bit. But this is a guy that was an absolute force in the lineup during May, being named NL Player of the Month. The offense really took off when he was driving runs in left and right, and once he gets healthy over the All-Star Break, he's going to need to come back and start delivering. He likely won't be back next season, but Glaus has been a fantastic signing this season for the Braves. Derek Lowe: 0-1, 6.35 ERA, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K This is another one of those "by default" ones...didn't wanna totally single out the hitters. It was a bad start from Lowe, the only one by a Braves starter on the week. Before this start, he had thrown quality starts in 5 of his previous 6 outings. He'll probably continue to be erratic over the rest of the season, and will essentially be serving as the team's fourth starter with the rest of the talent in the rotation. Next up: Weekly Prospect Report. Look for it probably during the game tonight. Gonna get cracking on it after I eat some dinner.

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