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HOT or NOT - 9/13/10 edition

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Pretty easy batch of guys to put up this week...headed by a name I never in a million years expected to see here. HOT Nate McLouth: .467/.529/1.067, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1/1 SB Also worth noting: he didn't strike out at all. He did all of this in only 15 at bats....pretty amazing to think about. McLouth was robbed of a homer last Sunday as well as last night...imagine what his stat line would look like if he the wind was blowing out just a titch more. Unbelievable to see the roll he's been on since getting recalled from Gwinnett. He has been an absolute demon in the 6-hole, and I think the Braves have a regular, solid center fielder again...thank god, because not having one for the first 5 months of the season was pretty horrifying to watch. Jason Heyward: .423/.545/.615, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 5 K Only real downside is the lack of extra base hits...but man, can he ever get on base with the best of them. A rookie who spent most of the season as a 20 year old with a .399 OBP...its unfathomable. You wanna know the only reason the Braves are still in the race? Its because of this guy. Just think of how good he'll be with a full professional season under his belt. That horrible June seems like so long ago... Back end of the bullpen: 12 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 17 K The following men contributed to that stellar line: Kyle Farnsworth, Craig Kimbrel, Mike Dunn, Billy Wagner, and Takashi Saito. 3 of the 5 baserunners were allowed by Dunn, so the 4 others combined to only allow 2 baserunners all week...pretty outstanding if I may say so myself. Farnsworth has finally settled in since the trade, and has allowed 1 run in his last 9 outings. Kimbrel hasn't allowed bupkis since getting recalled. Dunn has been spotty with his command, but is managing to get out of jams unscathed, which is what matters in the long run. Wagner has allowed 2 runs since the beginning of August. Saito hasn't allowed an earned run since the end of July. With Jonny Venters struggling, its good to see that a bunch of other men have stepped up big time. NOT Jair Jurrjens: 3 2/3 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 K He got absolutely shelled in his one start this week, and there really weren't any redeeming qualities about it, so I had to break my rule and put him on the list. The start on Thursday was just....bad. Nothing went right. Just when it looked like JJ turned the corner with a pair of wins, he turns out a crapper like this. Not good. Melky Cabrera: .167/.160/.208, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K Is he the most BLAH player on the team? He does nothing particularly well except for throwing the ball, and yet, he got 24 at bats last week. Posting an OBP lower than your batting average is a neat trick that happens when you don't walk and you do have a sacrifice, and its always really irritating to see....so well done Melky, you've gone and went and irritated me. Brian McCann: .174/.259/.174, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K Omar Infante, Jason Heyward and Martin Prado are getting on base, and dying there because McCann hasn't been able to get the big hits he's used to getting to drive them in. McCann is a huge part of this offense, and he needs to step things up if the Braves want to be playing baseball deep into October. Derrek Lee has been doing a good job at picking up the slack behind McCann, but if he was hitting too...the offense would be on another level.
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