Prado, Heyward are NL leaders in key categories

.325, .596 and 1.017 – The National League’s top batting average, slugging percentage and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS), which all belong to Braves hitters.

Martin Prado is the league leader in average (.325), hits (69) and multi-hit games (23) after going 2-for-5 in Sunday’s sweep-completing win against the Pirates.

Rookie Jason Heyward, all of 20 years old, leads the “senior circuit” with a .596 slugging percentage and 1.017 OPS, 23 points ahead of St. Louis’ Albert Pujols.

Heyward had two hits Sunday including a two-run triple, raising his average to .301 with a .421 on-base percentage (third in the NL) and 38 RBIs (tied for third). He has 10 home runs (tied for eighth) and three triples (tied for seventh).

Chipper Jones has 37 walks to tie for the NL walks lead with Pujols and Josh Willingham, and Troy Glaus leads the league with 25 RBIs in May.

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Dawg Whisperer

May 30th, 2010
8:09 pm

Good vibrations going into tomorrow’s game with the Phillies and the Beach Boys concert.

Hunter

May 30th, 2010
8:18 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

ATL Shawty

May 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

I really really really really really really really really really really hope that Cox will put CJ AHEAD of Heyward and not behind him. It would be great for JH and the team to have Prado and CJ batting 1-2. Did I say “really” enough?

bravesfaninNashville

May 30th, 2010
11:20 pm

I like the lineup as it’s been lately. Prado, Heyward, Jones, Glaus, McCann, Escobar, Hinske/Cabrera, McClouth, Pitcher. Heyward is going to get a lot of fastballs to hit with Martin on base a lot and Chipper behind him. Chipper is going to get good pitches to hit with Martin and/or Heyward on a lot and Glaus behind him as he is getting a lot more respect with the month he just had in May. Heyward is not only a power threat but a stolen base threat at any time and he can take an extra base with his long strides and quick bursts to top speed. I think hitting Chipper #2 doesn’t make as much sense as he’s not as quick on the bases. Also #2 hitters get a few more at bats then #3 hitters as some games end with the #3 hitter on deck as the last out is made.

Remarkable

May 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

Hunter, do you get kickbacks from this site. You are posting it on every blog. Why?

joedub

May 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

forget rookie of the year, the kid is gunning for MVP if we make the playoffs

CAC

May 31st, 2010
12:04 am

McOut needs to sit. Heinski needs to be in the line-up. Melky is hitting better. Yunel Eskimo(cold bat) warmed up some today. Gotta give Infante some at bats.

bowilly

May 31st, 2010
1:19 am

I keep harping on McCouth still playing everyday. Even though he scored winning run today, He left left 6 men standing on base. They bought up Blanco to sit on bench and watch this lame approach at the plate? Come on BC. Also, I am about to stop watching ESPN Baseball Tonight. They sure shun Braves and barely cover them at all. This seems to be a long time pattern with them.

jcg

May 31st, 2010
1:26 am

I agree bowilly…they never showcase the bravos do they…

barnyard

May 31st, 2010
7:04 am

look out phil here we come hope their bats stay cold

Joey M

May 31st, 2010
7:12 am

This has happened very quietly. And the shame of it all is more popular and less deserving players will start in the AS game. I dare someone to find more value among their players than the Braves. Prado, Glaus, Heyward, Hinske, and Ross are all hitting extremely well and are great bargains compared to their performance. It’s nice to see Chipper, Escobar, and Lowe start to “pull their weight” and start to play like they are expected. Don Sutton pointed something out that I had completely forgotten about. Anybody remember the bullpen coach using the binoculars for the Phillies? Around the time that happened, the Phillies hitters quit hitting. Not sure if that is just a strange coincidence or not, but it gives reason to wonder.

Joey M

May 31st, 2010
7:16 am

bowilly: I have noticed there is a consensus with both ESPN and MLB network. They are madly in love with the AL East and seem to forget there are 5 other divisions and another league. They do a pitch by pitch breakdown it seems for every Red Sox and Yankees game played. And it seems there is always a play of the day and week from either of those teams. I just don’t watch either program for the first 30 minutes because I don’t care what the North East teams are doing.

Mutts

May 31st, 2010
7:53 am

Welcome to Atlanta, Phillies, and welcome to second place.

cavebird

May 31st, 2010
11:21 am

I love Heyward as much as (or more than) the next guy, and I hate to be a downer, but to say that Heyward leads the NL in slugging and OPS is not quite accurate. He does lead all qualifying players in those stats. However, Andre Ethier is leading in both stats, even if you give him the number of hitless at-bats necessary to qualify. So, with Ethier comes back this week, he should resume his lead in both categories once he qualifies unless he goes icecold and Heyward goes nuts. Actually, with the Braves in LA later this week, that sounds like a really good idea!

jason

May 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Can we sit McLouth for a game or 2? Can Melky play CF? McLouth is looking alot like Schaefer did early last year. Also the idea of hitting Chip in front of Heyward seems like a good idea, but JHey and Prado are gathering plenty of RBIs in the current line up. It’s amazing that Glaus has found plenty of RBI oppurtunities with the play of JHey and Prado. All 3 (Prado, Heyward, and Glaus) have had over 25 RBIs this month. Pretty incredible.

Braves Fan Since "80

May 31st, 2010
2:39 pm

Baseball is a game of streaks…it was not long ago the braves lost what 9 in a row, one of the worst ever in the history of the Atlanta Braves……. I remember when they won 13 in a row to start a season and missed the playoffs

Those stats show why you have to have quality players on the bench and on the field….Ross and Hinske are earning the bucks and playing the roles assigned. Melky is too slow and not consistent enough to be a platoon player but not bad for a 4th outfielder….. Chipper is blocking a spot and weak defensively…… We need a two hole defensive outfielder CF my pick with speed (Carl Crawford -like)

Last words…. what we miss in Atlanta from the TEXas trade is Andrus…… Prado at third batting 2 Andrus leading off and playing 2b…. and no chipper to slow things down…… I hope the only manager he will ever have in the majors is Bobby Cox, well at least in Atlanta

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