Monday, April 18, 2011

Don't fret about the record... it's the offense you need to worry about.

Posted by Mike
Don't fret about the Brave's current record of 7 and 9. The season is young with plenty of time to find the right mix. The good news is Atlanta leads the league with a 3.09 ERA. The bad news is we are 14th in hitting with a team .230 average. Meanwhile the Phillies are hitting .294 and rank third in pitching with a 3.34 ERA.

Dan Uggla was supposed to be answer to this offensive problem, but his bat normally takes April off and this season is no different. He is currently carrying a .177 average versus his career number of .268. When he gets cranked up it will boost the rest of the line up.

A bigger problem may be developing in the two slot. Nate McClouth is hitting .212 which is an improvement over his .190 performance of last season, but still a disappointment. In the second slot he is hitting behind Martin Prado and in front of Chipper Jones. A pitcher facing those three batters will pick one to pitch to, and avoid the others.

Who do you think is getting the strikes? So even in the protected spot McClouth is not able to put up numbers, and Sunday manager Fred Gonzalez played with the line up and slid Jason Heyward back to the two hole. He responded with two hits, one a homer. If we are stuck with McClouth we ought to at least bury him at the eight hole and get more at bats for the J-Hey kid.

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