Cabrera, Escobar getting hot

Add two more players to the list of Braves players starting to swing a hot bat.

Melky Cabrera had two more hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Yunel Escobar went 3-for-5, his first three-hit game of the season and first since Sept. 10, 2009.

“Escobar is starting to go … and Melky has had some nice ball games,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

During his nine-game hit streak, Cabrera is hitting .433 (13-for-30).

Escobar is hitting .368 (7-for-19) in his last five games, including three multi-hit games.

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Chris

May 30th, 2010
6:08 pm

First… Go Braves!

Yunel's Cartel

May 30th, 2010
6:23 pm

Viva los Bravos

dexterdawg

May 30th, 2010
6:31 pm

Great timing for the bats to be ressurected. I hope that we pound the arrogant Phillies in the ground.

Jeremiah

May 30th, 2010
6:31 pm

Go Braves indeed! Great to see those guys contribute!

dexterdawg

May 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

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is30303

May 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

Lets get McLouth and Chipper hitting next!!!!

Delbert D.

May 30th, 2010
6:41 pm

With Escobar, it’s psychological. He needs some karma time with somebody, and go ahead and strike Chipper off that list.

bigboi

May 30th, 2010
6:42 pm

I think at this point you have to put The Melk Man in center everyday and bat him first or second and bat J-Hey third.

danny

May 30th, 2010
6:49 pm

i want melky in center everyday i dont care whose in left just put mclouth on the bench

Mr. Enigma

May 30th, 2010
6:49 pm

McLouth better get ready to ride the pine once Matt Diaz comes back with a healthy thumb. I can see a Hinske/Diaz platoon in left and Melky being the everyday CF if Nate’s still hitting .185 when Diaz comes back. Melky’s arm is a cannon, too.

bigboi

May 30th, 2010
6:54 pm

I agree, I think Melky has one of the stronger arms in the NL. Maybe all of baseball but I don’t follow the AL that closely.

Wes

May 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

I know that Melky was second in the league in outfield assists a couple years ago when he played left field for the Yankees. His numbers went down as a Center Fielder.

Chad

May 30th, 2010
7:26 pm

Where are all the Melky haters now?

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

I may get trampled by all you guys jumping on the Melk wagon, but I betcha at the end of the season, McLouth will have the higher average and 10-12 more homers that Melky.

Wes

May 30th, 2010
7:35 pm

Actually Dawgdad Im not a Braves fan, I just follow them because Melky was my favorite player on the Yankees. So now you just look like an idiot.

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 30th, 2010
7:49 pm

Wes, how does your man crush on the Melk man make me look like an idiot. I’m sure he stokes your fire but to me he is just a AAAA player with a major league arm.

Wes

May 30th, 2010
7:51 pm

I might take you seriously but your name is “Dawgdad.” Now how gay is that?

Michael Procton

May 30th, 2010
8:04 pm

Cabrera has one of the better arms you’ll find out of an LF, but that’s about like being the best #8 hitter in the league.

Hunter

May 30th, 2010
8:20 pm

What do you all think about Wins and Losses as stats? There’s a new article on BR about it, using Braves players as examples. Check it out here:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/398961-quick-thoughts-on-wins-as-a-statistic

JohnSmith

May 30th, 2010
8:21 pm

Melk Dud is getting hits on a lot of choppers off the plate and whatnot. He’s a good player, no doubt, but that’s only in a backup capacity.

williamshakespeare

May 30th, 2010
8:24 pm

Wes
May 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

I know that Melky was second in the league in outfield assists a couple years ago when he played left field for the Yankees. His numbers went down as a Center Fielder.
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Melky had less assists because they stopped trying to run on him.

Once you establish your strong arm rep, the numbers shrink. It’s a pre-emptive weapon. Let’s put it this way, when he was in RF or CF, they didn’t try to got first to third too often.

williamshakespeare

May 30th, 2010
8:28 pm

JohnSmith
May 30th, 2010
8:21 pm

Melk Dud is getting hits on a lot of choppers off the plate and whatnot. He’s a good player, no doubt, but that’s only in a backup capacity.
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Actually, he’s begun to drive the ball again, which is actually natural for him. He’s a line drive hitter, not sure where you get your info, but if you want to pay attention to reality, you’ll notice that yesterday, his hit was targeted for down the left-field line. The 3B dove to knock it down and keep it in the infield. They were playing a little off 3B, which is strange, because teams know he hits the ball down the lines.

Today, he doubled hitting RH. The fact that he gets chopper hits just means he has more speed than people realize. Speed is a virtue, and he can also bunt very well. Good ball player, not sure how people on here fancy themselves Melky experts. They’re not.

williamshakespeare

May 30th, 2010
8:45 pm

On Nate the Late, I don’t understand why TP doesn’t try and shorten up his swing. He is so long, it’s no wonder the guy can’t move runners. He just has a very unproductive swing. I would like to see him revamped to see what he would be able to do, even if his power is somewhat compromised.

Weezer

May 30th, 2010
9:31 pm

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/05/30/cabrera-escobar-getting-hot/#comment-569714

Melk hater here. He’s a nice 4th outfielder, that’s it. His career numbers don’t lie. He’s having a nice little stretch now, but most every major leaguer has one of those stretches. He will come back with a 3 for 30 streak soon and all will be normal again.

williamshakespeare

May 30th, 2010
9:39 pm

Weezer, if he were a 33-year old perennial minor leaguer, you’d have a point.

Rafael

May 30th, 2010
9:44 pm

Where is Gregor Blanco? Get rid of Maclouth

NO MORE BOBBY

May 30th, 2010
11:05 pm

never thought I would say this but play Melky in center and sit McClouth. I think Nate is in a slump for life.

NO MORE BOBBY

May 30th, 2010
11:06 pm

@williamshakespeare – On Nate the Late, I don’t understand why TP doesn’t try and shorten up his swing.

Why would the guy who caused the problem fix it?

jj

May 31st, 2010
8:12 am

With Chipper sitting out yesterday I wish Bobby would have used Prado,Yunel,and Heyward at the top of the order.I think those three at the top would be a winner.And people that say Blanco is a career mimor leaguer,remember that’s the same thing they were saying about Prado.No I correct myself,they said he was a career utility man.I don’t understand why so many have such high regard for Schaffer,when he wet the bed when he was up last year.Hey give Blanco a chance,you might finmd out why he is held in high regard by his Native Land teammates.As for Nate,maybe he’s another Andruw and will not listen to TP or our HOF manager.Does TP get any credit for players like Prado or he just get nailed for players that struggle like Nate?I’m glad Melky is hitting and if Bobby is not going to play Gregor,at least put Melky in CF and Hinske in LF.I think Afante could also play cf against some LH pitchers.I know BC knows more about baseball than most of us, but this is the place to blog,right.

[...] As Hot as the Braves were in May not everyone had picked it up for the whole month. Now late in the month both Melky Cabrera and Yunel Escobar are starting to show some signs of life. [...]

Weezer

May 31st, 2010
9:15 am

williamshakespeare- again, check his career numbers.

comeonbraves!

May 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Like Chipper said recently, eventually things even themselves out. It nice to see these guys coming around and getting some breaks. There are times when you hit the cover off the ball and still get out. Then you hit choppers and dunkers and get hits. Next thing you know you get some more good swings and you have a great month or 2.

I hope these guys keep hitting against the Phillies so John Kruk will shut up!

Brad

May 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

“Lets get McLouth and Chipper hitting next!!!!”

I agree, although Chipper is hitting a little better now. His avg has slowly climbed the last week but I’d like to see more power from him.

McLouth, I’m getting a little worried about. I like his defense but I hope he starts hitting pretty soon. I thought he had turned the corner there for a while the time he was hitting .209 because he was hitting pretty well then to get his avg above .200; but now he’s gone into another slump. The only way you can work your way out of it is by swinging the bat and I haven’t lost confidence in him yet because believe it or not he has hit better this year at home than he has on the road. His splits are ridiculous; there’s like a 150 point seperation between his home and road splits this season. All of his homers have come at home including a walk off against the Phillies (his biggest hit as a Brave to this point; that and the tying 3 run shot he hit against Arizona late in the game)

Yunel though drives me crazy, even though he had three hits yesterday it seems everytime he’s up at the plate he pulls the ball and that’s not him. He doesn’t have his stroke back yet.

williamshakespeare

May 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

“Career numbers” are not that useful when it comes to a player who is years away from his prime.

He’s a guy who is still in development, as he was jettisoned to the majors at age 20, when he wasn’t seasoned, on an emergency basis and has spent most of his time since in the majors. His bat is still evolving, including his power.

People get enslaved by numbers. They are useful and tell a story, but they they are an adjunct, not the whole story.

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