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HOT or NOT - 9/6/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

The season is winding down here...who's doing their thing as the calendar turns to September? HOT Jason Heyward: .400/.455/.600, 6R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 0/1 SB Heyward continues his hot hitting, with a pair of 4 hit games in the Mets series. He's been the reason for the Braves resurgent offense in recent weeks, getting on base at a great clip and hitting with a good bit of power as well. Brian McCann: .353/.476/.765, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K The Braves cleanup hitter is absolutely delivering when the team needs him to. The 0/4 in yesterday's game really hurt, but overall, McCann has been studly...and even when he gets days off, David Ross is delivering, with a .500/.625/.1.500 line in 2 starts this week. Best backup catcher ever? Oh yes. Billy Wagner/Takashi Saito/Kyle Farnsworth (combined): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K Farnsworth and Wagner each threw 3 scoreless innings, while Saito threw 2. With Jonny Venters tiring lately, Farnsworth and Saito are going to need to pick up the slack in front of Wagner at the back end of the bullpen. This week, they delivered in spades. This is why all 3 of these guys were brought in this season. NOT Kenshin Kawakami: 0-1, 15.00 ERA, 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K Kawakami's return to the Braves rotation went over like...a fart in church. He got shelled by the Marlins on Friday in a game that the Braves really didn't have much of a shot in after the starting pitcher spotted the Marlins 5 runs in 3 innings. I firmly believe we've seen his last game as a Brave...what ends up happening with him though, is anyone's guess. Matt Diaz: .077/.077/.077, 3 K Diaz did nothing for the team this week in the 5 games he got plate appearances in. The Marlin killer only got one start in the weekend series against the Fish, and went 1/4. He was somehow not used on Sunday, when nearly every other bench player was. Melky Cabrera: .278/.381/.333, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K This was more by default that anything else, because there wasn't anyone on the team that was actively BAD aside from the two players I mentioned already...so I'm giving it to Melky thanks to his sloppy defense, in addition to his middling offense. You have to think he's going to be getting DFAed this offseason. There is no logical reason to give a player like Cabrera upwards of $4 million a year. Weekly Prospect Report will be up tomorrow, as I mentioned last night. A couple of great pitching performances the past few days...gonna be tough for me to pick a pitcher of the week! Also this week, I'm going to roll out the minor league season reviews. None of the teams in the organization made the playoffs, so I don't need to wait past this week. That's going to give me something to do...so hooray for that!

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