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HOT or NOT - 5/24/10 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

A couple of familiar faces at the top of the charts. And...a not so familiar face. HOT Eric Hinske: .389/.450/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K The Braves new quasi-left fielder remains SMOKIN hot, with 5 extra base hits on the week. He didn't drive in as many as usual, but as you all know, I don't care a whole lot about RBI. The Braves have been a tour de force since Hinske was shifted into the everyday lineup. Jason Heyward: .346/.414/.654, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 3 B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K The rookie just cannot be stopped at this point. I came into this article thinking he had been struggling this week...gotta love what happens when you take a look at the stats. He's the odds-on favorite for NL Rookie of the Year, and he's doing a nice job contending for league MVP at this point as well. Melky Cabrera: .385/.429/.615, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 SB Yeah, it was in a small sample size. But I have to say, Melky came through in his spot starts this week. I said from the word go that he'd be fine coming off the bench, but a disaster in a starting role...I proved myself right in that regard, and now Melky is proving me right again by starting to hit his weight. NOT Yunel Escobar: .080/.179/.080, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1/1 SB Yikes...people were thinking the Braves offense would come around a little more with Escobar coming off the DL. That isn't exactly very true at this point in time. Escobar has struggled mightily since his return, and has become a complete drain on the bottom of the Braves lineup. Due to off days, he was actually hitting FIFTH yesterday. Embarrassing at this point in time. Derek Lowe: 1-1, 3.75 ERA, 9 H, 7 BB, 8 K Yeah, I'm putting Lowe on this list despite an ERA under 4.00 and a win on the week. Why do you ask? Because he walked as many as he struck out, and had some serious stamina issues in his last start. I don't care what your ERA looks like. When you're pitching as ineffectively as Lowe is at this point, something needs to be done. Unfortunately, a callout on a fan-run blog isn't going to do much of anything aside from making me feel better about myself. Tommy Hanson: 0-0, 43.20 ERA, 8 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 K One bad start usually doesn't qualify you for this list...unless its one REEEEEEEEEEEALLY bad start, like the one put up by Hanson on Thursday against the Reds. He got shelled, hammered, shellacked, decimated...pick whatever verb you want. He got it, and he got it bad. He was apparently complaining about dizziness pregame, so at least we have a built in excuse for things...hopefully, he's fine his next start and turns in an outing more becoming of him...how about 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K? Fair enough. Series preview for the Marlins series will be up tomorrow. After that 24 finale tonight, I'm really worn out and can't envision myself staying up much longer to analyze stats and jump to conclusions about things.
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