McLouth’s batting average down to .032

.032 – Nate McLouth’s batting average.

It’s gotten mighty frustrating for the skidding Braves center fielder, who went hitless again Thursday and is 1-for-31 for the spring, with 12 strikeouts and three walks.

On Wednesday, he said he’s seen progress lately.

“I’m getting there,” he said. “It’s frustrating not to get hits, regardless of whether it’s spring training. But I’d rather it happen now than in the season.”

But after not striking out for two games, McLouth had two strikeouts Thursday — his third two-strikeout game in the past five.

Manager Bobby Cox dropped McLouth from the leadoff spot to sixth in the lineup for Thursday’s game. Melky Cabrera hit leadoff and went 2-for-3 to raise his spring average to .324 in a team-high 34 at-bats.

107 comments Add your comment

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
7:33 pm

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
7:33 pm

joerochester

March 17th, 2010
7:34 pm

You can’t have Nate bat at leadoff if he’s struggling like this. Put Melky there.

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
7:34 pm

just like the Braves and Boise State in ‘10! First!!

John

March 17th, 2010
7:37 pm

Was this written in English?

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
7:39 pm

I think Prado would be better to lead off than Melky. Aside from McLouth, we really do not have any team speed. So I guess OBP would be the next top indicator of who should lead off. Diaz second and Nate 8th?

glacialspeed

March 17th, 2010
7:48 pm

It’s his eyes. Kid can’t see.

Tyson

March 17th, 2010
7:50 pm

Prado
Heyward
Chip
Glaus
Bmac
Esco
Nate
Diaz/Melky

A. Dylan Thomas

March 17th, 2010
7:52 pm

john it was written in english then translated to japanese then translated back to english in the style of the famous jimmy james autobiography jimmy james: macho business donkey wrestler.

jaybob

March 17th, 2010
8:01 pm

I hope he has a roomie in FL…he’s gotta be close to suicidal.

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
8:03 pm

Idaho loves the Braves!!

Mr. Enigma

March 17th, 2010
8:34 pm

I really hate the sarcastic tone of some of your blog posts, Dave.

“But he said he sees some progress. Really.”

Is that really necessary? There’s enough negative crap on here from the usual suspects without you validating them and stirring things up.

Spring training stats mean zilch. If McLouth’s hitting .036 on April 17, then you can start writing all the defamitory crap about him you want.

Benjamin

March 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

Enigma, it’s a blog. Not a game wrapup.

extremus

March 17th, 2010
8:57 pm

Hopefully McLouth will get things together by the end of spring training. But the simple fact is, the Braves need better production than this, especially from a leadoff hitter. If things don’t improve I look for them to go shopping for someone who’ll do the job, as honestly no one else on the team possesses the right ingredients (speed, average, OBP, etc) for the leadoff spot. Problem is, they’d end up giving up more than they want to to do so, most likely. But again, here’s hoping he turns it around fast.

AndyA

March 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

Enigma, I have to agree with Benjamin…the beauty of the blog is that if you “really hate the sarcastic tone of some of his blog posts,” it is perfectly within your rights not to read said blog posts. I happen to think most of the reporting coming from ST is full of sunshine being blown up our rear ends. It’s nice to hear some honesty from time to time, even if it is packaged in a bit of sarcasm. Keep it coming DOB.

BOISE ST BRONCO

March 17th, 2010
9:08 pm

I sure hope Glaus keeps tearing it up for a while. As for McLouth, he will surely snap out of it. Probably right around April 5th!! :)

Ken Stallings

March 17th, 2010
9:11 pm

I cannot recall before seeing a veteran position player struggle this badly for this long into spring training. Yes, often the pitchers can be ahead of the hitters. But I’ve never seen a position player for 1-28.

Considering a player only gets around three at bats at most a game in spring, means McLouth has gone with one hit over the course of nine games — a week and a half of average MLB baseball. Or looked at another way, with 162 games in a season, he has one slender hit over the course of 17% of the season!

Ken Stallings

March 17th, 2010
9:12 pm

Sorry, made a math error … make that 6% of the season!

jtb3

March 17th, 2010
9:20 pm

mr. enigma is right….so what if hes having a bad spring? hes a good ballplayer he will come around.

Here's an idea:

March 17th, 2010
9:24 pm

Shafer in center.

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

By the the way, does anyone remember how Chipper hit in the Spring of 2008, the year he won the batting title?

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
9:36 pm

No one remembers??? Maybe it’s because it was Spring Training and no one gave a Rats Ass!!

Brad

March 17th, 2010
9:44 pm

I’m going to say this once: Nobody knows what’s wrong with Nate McLouth better than, well, Nate McLouth. At least he’s handling it like a man and not being upset about it.

Plus, Nate is right; it’s better to not get hits in ST and struggle mightily like this than at the start of the regular season when the games count and you know Bobby Cox is thinking that too.

Oh, and honestly, I don’t think a bad spring training is going to cause Nate to lose his job. Now, if it was the regular season and he was hitting like this than yes I can see him being benched, but not during spring training.

Some of you people take spring training too seriously and I don’t know why?

Carlos Pena the slugger for the Rays is hitting 0-21 this spring training; do you think because of that he’ll lose his starting job at first base? Answer: No.

So, even though McLouth has an awful avg it IS spring training. It would be nice for him to get more hits just for him to feel a little better but it IS spring training. He starts the season April 5th .000 with no at bats and if he gets a hit in his first at bat/game and is a contributor on a daily basis for the Braves his horrible spring training wouldn’t matter to anyone.

Marko

March 17th, 2010
9:54 pm

At this point, having Greg Norton back to pinch hit for Nate McLouth late in the game would be an upgrade.

Roja

March 17th, 2010
9:55 pm

Maybe Nate McNorton can be our ace-in-the-hole pinch hitter???

Roja

March 17th, 2010
9:57 pm

Carlos Pena has the real season stats to be able to overlook an o-fer Spring. Does Nate?

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
9:57 pm

Thank You Brad!! For a minute I thought we were going to go ahead and give Troy Glaus the 2010 MVP award. Why not, he’s hitting .524 with a 1.201 OPS in Spring Training.

RollTide13

March 17th, 2010
10:04 pm

Not so Fast my friend! Bama’s 1st Boise is a wannabe

Brad

March 17th, 2010
10:06 pm

My point is Roja, spring stats mean nothing. There have been players that hit .200 in the spring and .400 the first month of the season. I read one blog where Andruw struggled mightily one spring and hit 10 homers the first month of the season.

Again, I don’t know why people follow spring stats so closely? Sure, I like watching the games because baseball is back but the only thing ANYONE should be concerned about in ST is injury reports.

I mean, with Saito’s awful ERA to this point I guess we can say he’s going to have a horrible season.

AJ

March 17th, 2010
10:08 pm

Some how, some way, there has to be a way to dissolve the keyboards of those who write “FIRST” on these blogs.

rainman

March 17th, 2010
10:08 pm

I’ve missed the latest on Schafer’s recovery — will he be able to play in any spring games? A couple’a mil. more & Damon would have been in the rotation.

Brownie

March 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

First off, it is only spring training, and stats don’t count. BUT, spring training IS for getting your timing down, confidence up, and for hitting the opener ready to go. McLouth is not only NOT doing these things, he’s got to pyschologically sliding away – you don’t just turn it on just because the calendar is highlighted.

If Cox thinks he’s our best option in center field, although I personally like what we’ve seen from Melky, then he needs to move him down in the order RIGHT NOW. This will take a little pressure off of him, and also allow us to get a good look at someone else in the leadoff position (Melky? Diaz? Prado?) None of these are great options for an entire season, but they are significantly better than .036 and counting/dropping.

I would expect Nate to pull out of this, but he needs the pressure off now. Right now, I’m a little more concerned about Chipper – he puts up numbers like last year, you can write this team off in ‘10.

Marko

March 17th, 2010
10:16 pm

While it is only spring training, it’s still major league baseball.
Spring training is more experimental for pitchers. They try different things. They get into the routine. They fine tune different pitches. For a hitter, there is no experimenting. That was done in the offseason. Spring training for a hitter is for getting back into the flow of seeing good pitching again getting ready for the season. While doing so, they are facing pitchers who are not going to pull out their A game against every at bat.
It’s getting late enough in spring training that by now, what you see is pretty much what you are going to get from a hitter standpoint. It’s safe to say the McLouth is in a slump. You can say that it’s better that it is happening now that during the regular season. However, the pitching that he is facing shouldn’t be shutting him out so bad. Hopefully this is a major slump and not just bad play. He is not a great hitter to start with. Not sure if that makes it better or worse.

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

“You’re doing a heck of a job Brownie”…….not! It’s SPRING TRAINING and nobody needs to be taking “the pressure off now”.

Brad

March 17th, 2010
10:29 pm

He is not a great hitter to start with

I agree with that, which is why I think fans expected to much from him when he came over here? They wanted the 2008 McLouth, which was understandable but he’s a .260 career hitter. He’ll give you the homers and the RBI’s like he has the past two seasons and also get on base at a decent clip but he’s not going to hit for that high an avg. What he hit last year was almost IDENTICAL to what he hit in 07 so no surprise there.

BUT, spring training IS for getting your timing down, confidence up, and for hitting the opener ready to go. McLouth is not only NOT doing these things

I wouldn’t quite go that far to say that because that makes it seem like he doesn’t care and I’m sure he cares, which is why he’s taking BP every morning and trying to work himself out of this funk he’s in.

It’s not as easy as it sounds; just like bunting. It’s easier said than done.

Unlike many people on these blogs, I’m willing to wait until the season starts before I judge him. If he’s still hitting like this at the end of April THEN I will join the McLouth haters.

tvsportscaster

March 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

It’s freaking spring training, let’s not put a whole lot of stock in numbers, positive or negative. Nate will be fine.

Brownie

March 17th, 2010
10:35 pm

Well Horner, first off if you think McLouth doesn’t feel any pressure right now, you’re delusional. He’s human, he’s a former all-star, and he’s lucky to hit air right now at the plate. My point was that IF Bobby Cox still thinks he’s the best bet for CF, then this has to start turning around now. And its up to BC to take him out of the leadoff spot before the regular season starts.

Your previous comments imply that what a hitter does in ST is meaningless and he’ll just snap out of it like turning on the light switch. Now most players will perform better when the season starts just because they focus more and work harder. McLouth’s slump won’t be ended just by better focus or trying harder. He needs some good things to happen to rebuild his confidence, and being the leadoff hitter is a much brighter spotlight than hitting in the 7th or 8th hole…..ST or not.

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
10:38 pm

Wrong Marko!! Two years ago I watched an established MLB player drag bunt three consecutive at bats during a Spring Training game. He was “fine tuning” his game for the regular season, just like the pitchers.

And to say that Nate is “not a great hitter” is absurd. He has a career .796 OPS!! Plus he’s cheap and he’s a Gold Glove caliber CF’er.

Brad

March 17th, 2010
10:39 pm

Brownie, the only reason he is the leadoff hitter is because he’s done it before in Pittsburgh and he’s our best option right now BUT I do agree that maybe he should be moved down in the order for a game or so to see how he performs because Nate himself said he likes hitting with runners on base because he seems to focus more that way.

Gil In Mechanicsville

March 17th, 2010
10:45 pm

I know what his problem is… He’s standing too close to the ball after he swings….

Horner's Corner

March 17th, 2010
10:45 pm

Brownie, I don’t mean to be confrontational. My point is McLouth has over 1,800 AB’s at the ML level and his career OBP and SLG % are above the league average. In addition, he has above average speed and he’s above average defensively. Now, with all those things going for him (and the Braves) is it really worth getting hysterical about 30 AB’s in ST??

Elon Brave

March 17th, 2010
10:47 pm

“It’s hard to explain”. haha

Brad

March 17th, 2010
10:51 pm

Brownie, I don’t mean to be confrontational. My point is McLouth has over 1,800 AB’s at the ML level and his career OBP and SLG % are above the league average. In addition, he has above average speed and he’s above average defensively. Now, with all those things going for him (and the Braves) is it really worth getting hysterical about 30 AB’s in ST??

Which is why I say: wait until April people before we whine and complain

Brownie

March 17th, 2010
10:54 pm

Brad, I agree with you. Nate has stated that he doesn’t see himself as a leadoff hitter – personally once he gets it going I would say he’s the perfect guy to hit second: he’s got some power, does hit a lot of line drives, hits lefthanded (and can pull the ball) which takes advantage of the hole on the right side of the infield with a guy on base, and has the speed to outrun the double play.

I’ve always like Bobby’s management style, but IMO his biggest fault is that he is a little too patient with a player when he’s slumping. Moving Nate down in the order in ST is the right move.

I also agree with everyone’s opinion on this blog regarding ST #’s: they ARE meaningless. Bobby is always accused of putting a positive spin on everything, but I do agree that a player who is making outs BUT hitting the ball hard will be OK – the #’s will come in time. But in Nate’s case this spring, it’s not his BA that is the concern, it’s the fact that he’s striking out a bunch and not hitting line drives or even hard grounders.

Brad

March 17th, 2010
11:09 pm

You know, technically you don’t have to hit the ball hard to get a hit; a little bouncer off the plate will do, especially for a speed guy like Nate.

The main thing is making contact and he’s starting to do that now; six straight at bats without a strikeout. Even though it’s a small sample size that’s a good sign. He just has to keep making contact (line drives will come from that eventually) with the ball. I’m sure he’ll probably strikeout again this spring but he can’t make it a habit like earlier.

MDbrave

March 17th, 2010
11:24 pm

Maybe it’s time to change the HD vision back to analog.

curtis jones

March 18th, 2010
12:17 am

I would repeat myself about McLouth’s poor leadoff hitting, but I’d just be repeating myself. And like y’all say. It’s just spring training. About half his at-bats have been against minor league pitching. D’oh!

Doc Holiday

March 18th, 2010
12:44 am

Once again……..leadoff hitter problems……is this ever going to end?
I hope Cox does bench him until he gets his thing together. I dont care if has any gold gloves………that aint enough, he has to get on base. Give melky and Schafer the chance.

olddawg

March 18th, 2010
1:17 am

If I remeber correctly Bob Horner once had 3 hits the whole of spring training one year getting many more ab than Mcclouth has too and even started very very slow and was threathened with minors ended up having his best year

Mr. Enigma

March 18th, 2010
2:19 am

Haha. I cannot believe people are suggesting BENCHING McLouth over spring training stats. Spring training, you know, where the GAMES DON’T COUNT.

Cox has already said Nate’s the man in center field and nothing during spring training will change that other than an injury. If he’s hitting .036 on April 17, then we’ll talk.

Dwayne

March 18th, 2010
5:46 am

I just hope he returns to his 2009 form he did such great job. lol that was a joke

The Ghost of P.L.

March 18th, 2010
7:31 am

The MLB Network put up an all time home grown Braves team. They had Chipper in left field (Eddie Matthews was at 3rd), Dale Murphy in center, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news for many of you, Hank Aaron in right field over Jason Heyward.

jerry

March 18th, 2010
7:56 am

At his best, Nate ain’t great.

Jax Brave

March 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Is this any indication that maybe TP needs to be upgraded? When players go to different teams hitting coaches, their dad, etc…you have to question that , right? He probably won’t be here after next year anyway. What do you think DO?

MilesArcher

March 18th, 2010
9:11 am

Why all the negativity? Nate will hit and will be fine. He’s seeing the ball really good and he’s hitting line drives. They’re just not dropping. His luck will change and he’ll be fine.

Mike S

March 18th, 2010
9:22 am

Hopefully Nate gets things straightened out soon, but I can’t help but think to myself, “So Frank, How is that low ball insulting contract offer to Johnny Damon working out for ya?”

Andrew

March 18th, 2010
9:25 am

I played for 3 years between AA an AAA for Pitts until I hurt my shoulder. I went through exactly what hes going through at one point. An hes right its very hard to explain “whats wrong”. Nate will be ok. Lets just hope he pulls out of it before the start of the season.

Branch Rickey

March 18th, 2010
9:25 am

Schafer tore it up last spring & hit .204 by end of May before he was dispatched. Its SPRING TRAINING people ! Do you really think Heyward will be hitting over .400 come regular season? Get real.

Farnsworthy

March 18th, 2010
9:32 am

Another Wren miscue. This is our lead off hitter? He overpaid for a 250 hitter (at the time Wren signed him) and now he ain’t even that. These kind of deals is where the budget money was wasted by FW. Geeeeezzzzzz

PMC

March 18th, 2010
9:39 am

There’s only one thing to do now… either pick Chipper’s dad or BMac’s dad to go get it worked out.

There is no other option really.

PMC

March 18th, 2010
9:41 am

That being said, spring training is a great time to have a slump because it doesn’t count. He gets to get all this out of his system now as opposed to Mark Texiera who likes to take the first 2.5 months off.

VANDALIZER

March 18th, 2010
9:41 am

IDAHO VANDALS RULE!!!

Braves Fan, Chipper Fan

March 18th, 2010
9:54 am

I am thinking that the biggest question remaining for the Bravos this Spring Training is : Who will bat leadoff opening day? If it were my club (which I’m sure all of you non-mets fans are glad it’s not) I’d lead off with Melky to start the season for two reasons: one many NL pitchers don’t have a book on MC right now and is bound to have some early success before pitchers adjust. In addition, this could give McClouth some time to settle his swing and find a groove. It would look like this:

Melky
Prado
Chipper
Glaus
McCann
Escobar
Heyward
McClouth
Lowe

Another option, that is a little more risky would be to consider Prado and Heyward at the top of the lineup. I know that Heyward is a future #3 type guy and that he is very green but he looks like the type of guy that will have early success for the reasons mentioned above and could be a bridge until McClouth finds his mojo. Plus Heyward has the best baserunning instincts in the organization – by far (unless you consider Otis Nixon who is roaming around the minor leagues as a coach somewhere). He could be a good, solid #1 or #2 the way he looks right now.

Prado may be the safest #1 to start the season. He has proven that he can hit and get on base at a high clip and is above average on the basepaths. He may not be the best option at #1 as the season goes along but he’s not going to hurt you their either. It would be a Bobby Cox style move, safe and consistant, to let Prado bat leadoff opening day but that move in Bobby Cox fashion would also probably be met with Escobar batting second and all of a sudden guys are batting out of position all over the place.

My second choice of opening day lineup would be:

Prado
Heyward
Jones
Glaus
McCann
Escobar
McClouth
Melky
Lowe

And finally and end to this long post: If I know Bobby Cox he will stick with McClouth at leadoff (Cox line up #1 below) if he feels like there is nothing mechanically wrong with his swing and allow Nate to work it out – typicall loyalty out of Bobby Cox especially if he still thinks McClouth will be the guy May 1st. If Bobby sees something mechanically wrong with McClouth’s swing or his mental approach to the plate is distracted he’ll probably go with Cox Option #2 below. In either case I don’t expect Cox to bat Heyward anywhere but 8th.

Cox Option #1

McClouth
Prado
Chipper
Glaus
McCann
Escobar
Melky
Heyward
Lowe

Cox Option #2

Prado
Escobar
Jones
Glaus
McCann
McClouth
Melky
Heyward
Lowe

Sorry for the long post – had to get that off my chest…

BillReef

March 18th, 2010
9:54 am

Wonder what Ryan Church is doing? KIdding!!!!!I I was just KIDDING!!!

JeanE

March 18th, 2010
10:01 am

Obviously Nate is putting pressure on himself which makes the slump worse. NO way Cox benches him, that’s not Cox’s way at least not yet. But he definitely shouldn’t be leading off. I feel badly for Nate…but he could come out of it yet and Cox will give him that chance. Why not put Matty in leadoff when he gets to play which should be more than he does. How can you read sarcasm into a blog without hearing the tone of voice? Jeez.

DirtyDawg

March 18th, 2010
10:07 am

I still say that McClouth should stop swinging and start buntin’. A drag bunt or two per game should do it…and stop trying to tear the cover off the ball. You’re not there for homeruns, just concentrate on getting the barrel on the ball…solidly. Bobby’ll give him a couple of weeks to get straightened out, but if it doesn’t work out – and if it’s as bad as it has been, it won’t be that long – the kid will be sat down. Cabrera…Shaffer…somebody. Shoot, you could see if Heyward can play center and have both speed and an arm out there.

Branch Rickey

March 18th, 2010
10:08 am

Why would you bench McLouth – in Spring Training? Have you people lost their collective minds ?? Give McLouth another 18 days to get his act together !

Branch Rickey

March 18th, 2010
10:12 am

Farnsworthy,

McLouth is wasted money by Frank Wren? McLouth is a BARGAIN ! Wasted money is the $29 million being paid in 2010 for an average, aging starter named Lowe, ANHD an old thirdbaseman named Chipper, coming off a .264 year with diminishing returns in the field and with the power. That is ONE-THIRD of the team payroll ! That is where Wren is wasting the money.

David O'Brien

March 18th, 2010
10:15 am

I still say that McClouth should stop swinging and start buntin’. A drag bunt or two per game should do it…and stop trying to tear the cover off the ball. — DirtyDawg

McLouth bunted in the first inning of three consecutive games in the past week.

PMC

March 18th, 2010
10:17 am

Nice, bunting. Take a page out of the Brett Butler playbook.

Matty Diaz can lead off when he plays too if need be.

Roll Tider

March 18th, 2010
10:25 am

McLouth OPSed .833 vs. righties and .688 vs. lefties. He is a classic platoon player. Have Melky lead off until Jordan is ready since his career marks are better there.

vs. lefties: Diaz LF, Cabrera CF, Heyward RF
vs. righties: Cabrera LF, McLouth CF, Heyward RF

pmalone

March 18th, 2010
10:27 am

Schafer. Fast, strong arm, power at the plate, healed wrist. The only reason McLouth is on the team is because Schafer was playing with a broken wrist for his whole stint in the bigs last year. Now that he is fully healed I beleive he is our best option for lead off and center field.

F-105 Thunderchief

March 18th, 2010
10:29 am

In 1992 in my adult baseball league, I went 0-for-36 on the season. We won the title, so I was the worst player on the best team in the league.

McLouth will be traded this season. For not much.

Roll Tider

March 18th, 2010
10:31 am

Agreed, Branch. Luckily, those deals will be up in time for the Braves to lock up Heyward. I would NOT lock up any of the young pitchers until the summer of ARB-2 at the earliest, and even then for no more than 5 years.

Braves Fan, Chipper Fan

March 18th, 2010
10:33 am

F-105 Thunderchief – It’s time to deal with the shame you’ve carried around since 1992. It’s time for a comeback, ala Bernie Mac in Mr. 3000! Here’s rootin for you in 2010 Adult Baseball 1 for 35 with a sac bunt!

Branch Rickey

March 18th, 2010
10:45 am

PMALONE,

Why isn’t Schafer playing, if all these accolades you give him are true?

Jordan Schafer

March 18th, 2010
10:47 am

Bobby, can I have my old centerfield job back?

McLouth is only hitting .036 in these important spring traing exhibitions.

At least I hit a solid .204 in the regular season last year.

DUH !

Bobby Cox

March 18th, 2010
10:49 am

Enough of the debate !

Frank is on the phone w/Arizona. We’re trying to bring back an old favorite – Kelly Johnson ! Can’t give up on Kelly Johnson, you know.

I got Kelly penciled in for leftfield, hitting leadoff. Melky can play center.

Problem solved !

Jesse Stone

March 18th, 2010
10:50 am

Don’t wet yourself over Spring Training stats. Nate is a proven big league hitter. He’ll get it turned around when it counts.

Bill M.

March 18th, 2010
11:00 am

pmalone— The reason Schafer is not playing is because his wrist has not healed. He said it was about 85%.

Ted M

March 18th, 2010
11:07 am

Just a guess, but I bet McLouth (my brother calls him McOut) starts the regular season on a hot streak.

Ted M

March 18th, 2010
11:09 am

I think Schafer is our best option too, but not til June.

Branch Rickey

March 18th, 2010
11:09 am

Once Lowe & Chipper are off the books, the Braves will need that money to lock up JJ, Hanson, Escobar & Heyward to longterm contracts.

Kelly's Johnson

March 18th, 2010
11:11 am

Schafer will need a full season at Gwinnett to demonstrate what he has, before getting another shot at starting in Atlanta. His minor league stats are nothing to get excited about. He’s only 23.

ChipperFan

March 18th, 2010
11:15 am

Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera, and Martin Prado can’t get on base at the clip that Nate McLouth can. 28 at-bats is a tiny sample size and you all need to calm down about Nate. He’ll be fine, and he’ll be one of the three or four best position players on this team, behind probably McCann, Chipper, and Glaus.

You don’t sit a 3.5-4 WAR player in favor a 1 WAR player like Cabrera, just because of 28 lousy AB’s. Seriously: calm down. Nate’s going to be fine for the Braves in 2010, and continue to do what he’s done for the last 2 years: provide moderate power, steal bases without getting caught, and get on base out of the leadoff spot at a very decent clip, while providing league average defense at a premium position.

Calm down!

joerochester

March 18th, 2010
11:22 am

At leats McLouth’s average is higher than my 2nd roomate’s GPA.

JEZ

March 18th, 2010
11:24 am

Joe, that’s HILARIOUS!
Not saying much for McLouth but that’s funny I don’t care who you are!

JEZ

March 18th, 2010
11:26 am

I really wish people would quit asking when Scafer will be playing in ST…it’s very unlikely because the guy had Wrist surgery in the fall of last year…that takes time to heal and get strength back..people just get it in your hearts that is starting in AAA and depending how the season is going for us and him we’ll see where he lands during the season

ryan c

March 18th, 2010
11:42 am

those of you saying spring training is harder on pitchers must not know much about spring training. hitters, on an average, are always behind pitchers in spring training.

as for mclouth…would you rather him go 0 for his first 30 during the year like andruw did a few years back? or kelly johnson? it’s spring and it doesnt matter, and imo, its kind of a cheap shot on nate to dwell on it. he’s proven he can play.

dob, no offense (although i cant say this without sounding offensive) but writing a story on this is pretty juvenile. i’m not saying to fluff up everyone, but bothering mclouth about his spring numbers is moot.

McLousy

March 18th, 2010
11:55 am

“I’m going to say this once: Nobody knows what’s wrong with Nate McLouth better than, well, Nate McLouth.”

That’s hardly ever true in any part of life.

Scott

March 18th, 2010
12:02 pm

Heyward is up to .440 :)

bvillebaron

March 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how many negative and ill-informed people frequent these blogs. Spring Training stats means zilch, nada, nothing and are never remembered as soon as the first pitch is thrown on opening day. As one of the others posters said, if McLouth is batting .036 by the middle of April, then be critical. Those on here who also claim that he is not a good (not star or superstar) player are also mistaken in my judgment. I wish he hit for a higher average and struck out less frequently, but even with his career .260 BA, his on base percentage and other peripherals compare favorably with others (e.g. Victorino) who hit for a better average. I haven’t spent a great deal of time thinking about it, but you can probably count on one hand the number of centerfielders in the major leagues who hit 20 or more homers and steal 20 or more bases every year. Besides, Shafer isn’t a current option since he still has not regained ful strength in his wrist. If Heyward turns out to be the player we all think he will and Shafer returns to play like he did before his wrist fracture, I for one would be perfectly happy with an outfield for the next several or more years that has Shafer in LF; McLouth in CF and Heywood in RF.

Nate McLouth

March 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

Why is it the homegrowns like Frenchie, Langerhans, Schafer & Andruw had all sorts of SLACK cut for them when they struggled in the REGULAR season, but I get ZERO sympathy after just 28 at bats in SPRING TRAINING ! Give me 18 days and I’ll be just fine !

SC Smith

March 18th, 2010
12:53 pm

Farnsworthy, Nate is playing on the contract signed with the Pirates. We traded for him. Wren didn’t sign him.

chem

March 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

Horners Corner: Chipper hit .357 (10-28) in spring 2008 and .364 over the regular season.

KLB

March 18th, 2010
1:20 pm

McLouth struck out in his first at bat.

Biff Pocoroba

March 18th, 2010
1:34 pm

It’s Spring Training. Who cares if the new DBT release has more hits than NMac ? Right DOB ?

Clay

March 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Based on Nate’s career BA, he’ll be getting a hot streak (8 for 12) soon, and you Nervous Nellies can find something else to wring your hands about. It’s ONLY SPRING TRAINING!!

nique

March 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

what is TP doing to help the situation?

go braves

March 18th, 2010
2:26 pm

what is WAR chipperfan?

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