HOT Matt Diaz: .333/.375/.600, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K Its not the sexiest stat line in the world...or the one with the most playing time...but Diaz made due this week with what he was given. He went 5/12 in the Washington series, and the painful loss on Wednesday was most certainly not because of him. He'll probably in the lineup tonight against the lefty Cole Hamels. The Braves could really use a big night from Matty. Derek Lowe: 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 14 K Lowe came to rock the party this week, that's for sure. On Monday, he ran through the Nationals lineup like a hot knife through butter. It wasn't that easy yesterday against the Mets, but aside from the first inning, he was untouched. With his struggles this season, the Braves absolutely positively need Lowe to step up in a big way down the stretch. He's taken a couple good steps towards that this month, allowing only 3 earned runs in September after having a start skipped down in Miami. He will be a key, thats for sure. Billy Wagner/Jonny Venters/Craig Kimbrel/Mike Dunn/Takashi Saito/Peter Moylan: combined, 0-0, 3 SV, 5 H, 2 BB, 19 K For what its worth: 4 of those 5 hits were allowed by Venters. The Braves bullpen continues to be dominant. 19 strikeouts and 7 baserunners in 13 innings? Sign me up. Kimbrel has been untouchable since his recall, Wagner is back in his early season form, Venters is...not dominant, but still pitching well...its all fitting together in place right now for the end of the game. The Braves are making it a 6-7 inning game with the dominance of these late inning guys, and having Saito out for an extended period could be really bad. NOT Martin Prado: .167/.200/.208, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K The Prado train has slowed to a crawl. He's not hitting at all, and that is a huge burden to the team when you have Jason Heyward hitting a slot in front of him getting on base 46% of the time, as he did this past week. Prado (along with Brian McCann) is a huge part of why the team is struggling to bring in runs. He's not getting hits when he's got men on base in front of him. Omar Infante isn't as hot as he was in August, but he's still getting on base...and him and Heyward are DYING there. Its painful to watch. Brian McCann: .250/.318/.300, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 6 K Yep, not one RBI for the cleanup hitter. Inexcusable in a pennant race. He's been having a terrible September so far (.634 OPS), and he really needs to pick things up. When your 3 and 4 hitter aren't hitting, let alone hitting for power, your team will have trouble driving in runs...its really that simple. McCann has a .821 OPS at Citizens Bank Park this year, so maybe that will be enough to get him going. Jair Jurrjens: 0-1, 7.20 ERA, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 K Jurrjens start on Tuesday was bad. Just...bad. The Nats pounded him. Today, reports are surfacing that he's got a tweaked knee and might not be able to pitch tonight. What has happened to Jurrjens this season has been pure insanity. Ineffectiveness to start the season, then a DL stint, then more ineffectiveness, now a knee...what the hell is going on? It really is a lost season. If Kris Medlen didn't blow his elbow out, I would be betting the house that the Braves would be looking to move JJ this offseason. But as things stand now, I don't think so. Alright guys, 7 and a half hours until the huge series in Philly begins...lets get a series win!Only 2 more of these after today...getting down to the wire!