Yesterday, my friend Anna wrote this on my facebook wall:
Stats of the day:
- Jeff Francouer, Mets: .286, 3 homers, 10 RBIs
- Kelly Johnson, D-Backs: .322, 7 homers, 12 RBIs
- Casey Kotchman, Mariners: .279, 3 homers, 14 RBIs
- Adam Laroche, D-Backs: .278, 1 homer, 7 RBIs
After reading this, it was all I could do to not hang up my head dress until next spring.
Former Brave, Terry Pendleton, is our hitting coach. He’s not incredibly popular in Atlanta. See, it seems that ever since he took the position he’s had a really tough time getting guys out of slumps. And folks who used to hit for average and power, all of a sudden weren’t doing so hot after TP arrived. Look at Andruw Jones. Now, I understand that every offensive struggle can’t be attributed to TP since he’s not the one at the plate… but, as a fan, it gives me great satisfaction to complain about things and to blame others.
Minus Martin Prado, the Braves’ offense is currently resembling a AA team. The Bravos rank last in the league in hitting, with a whopping .228 team average. And, that includes Prado’s .392 avg (it was .406 yesterday). They couldn’t muster an earned run against the Phillies, they were shut out for 5 innings by Mike Pelfrey, they scored 3 runs in 23 innings against the Mets, and they are in last place behind the Washington Nationals. That’s right, the Washington Nationals.
Here’s our current lineup’s numbers:
- Martin Prado, .392
- Yunel Escobar, .191
- Jason Heyward, .234
- Melkey Cabrera, .175
- Troy Glaus, .210
- Chipper Jones, .255
- Brian McCann, .255
- Nate McClouth, .159
- Matt Diaz, .155
Eric Hinske’s hitting .350, and Omar Infante’s hitting .269, but since Bobby Cox is stuck in his old ways, the chances of these guys getting an everyday starting position are slim to none. But, that’s a different article all together.
I know it’s very early in the season, and things can change… it’s baseball. But, things aren’t looking very promising right now in Braves Nation. Don’t stop the chop.