Glaus finishes May like he started – hot

Troy Glaus put some fitting finishing touches on a scorching May Monday when he hit a three-run homer against the Phillies to put the game out of reach.

He added three more RBIs onto his total to finish the month with 28, which led the National League and trailed only Vladimir Guerrero of Texas (31) in the majors.

For the month, Glaus hit .330 with three doubles, six home runs, and 28 RBIs in 28 games. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored Monday.

“He’s had an unbelievable month,” Chipper Jones said. “You talk about 28 RBIs in a month. I’ve never had a month like that. I don’t even know if I’ve had 20 in a month. You get a hitter who’s confident and hot and on top of his swing and you give him opportunities with runners on base every day, day in and day out, sometimes multiple times – that’s how you do it.”

Since May 14, when manager Bobby Cox bumped Martin Prado into the leadoff spot and put Jason Heyward into the No. 2 hole ahead of Jones, Glaus has driven in 14 runs in 17 games and hit four home runs.

“They’re doing a great job of getting on – Jason, Martin, and Chipper and all those guys,” Glaus said. “The more opportunities you have, the more chances you have to be successful. Being in the middle of the lineup, that’s all you want are opportunities.”

22 comments Add your comment

Mr. Enigma

May 31st, 2010
6:33 pm

Sounds like the NL Player of the Month to me.

rekingball

May 31st, 2010
6:41 pm

I am one of the people that did not call for Glaus’s head. I believed that he would get his MOJO risin and start to produce.
So, to all the pi$$ and moaners that were calling for his head, I TOLD YOU SO.
GO BRAVES! GO GLAUS!

turkeycaller

May 31st, 2010
7:02 pm

Larry Jones is not a leader.

Mathman

May 31st, 2010
7:14 pm

rekingball, were you also one of the ones who said Nate McLouse will get it going or KK will hold on to a lead someday?

Surely, Nate will be benched tomorrow for Melke or Blano. Blanco hits the wall today for a double in his first at bat. Meanwhile, McLouse takes another o-fer.

Marc in FL

May 31st, 2010
7:23 pm

I’m glad for Glaus and while I wasn’t sure he would be hot for us, I thought he deserved two months to prove himself. Well, he got it, and now we have a player of the month candidate. With everyone else getting in grooves we have our best offense in years. Now we just need to fix or replace McLouth and we’ll be solid 1 through 8.

Mitchell

May 31st, 2010
11:11 pm

People keep saying June is going to be a brutal month and they might be right but let’s just consider the next two days May 32nd and 33rd.

They Phillies are goin’ down.

GT BOYZ

May 31st, 2010
11:23 pm

agreed Mitchell. Let’s do just consider the next two days. Those being the 32nd and 33rd of May. We win those two games, we get the rest of the confidence we need to run away with this division with our potential starting pitching.

Braves have one of the best bullpens, backup catchers, all around benches, best 25th man on the roster, and the best player in all of baseball to boot(insert glaus, heyward, prado, and chipper as of this homestand, and hinske(beast) )

Lets do this people. Please do not read Mark Bradley as well. He is a hater and only intends to stir the pot for monetary reasons.

gamecock brave

May 31st, 2010
11:32 pm

Turkey Caller,

Why is Chipper not a leader? He has offered to leave the 3 spot several times. Yes, he has battled injuries but who in their late 30’s does not have aches and pains? He has also said repeatedly that he will not allow his contract to “hamstring” the organization if he is not producing at a level he is accustomed to on a yearly basis. Finally, he realizes his days are numbered and he acknowledges the talent of Jason Heyward and Brian McCann. Therefore, please take the time to convince me that I am wrong.

jamesjohns

June 1st, 2010
1:02 am

Good points gamecock brave….. but turkeycaller doesn’t have any points to use to convince you…he’s confusing his thoughts with a sensible opinion…I know I’m crazy…in April I thought it was too early to drop Glaus. and change almost the entire roster as was suggested here so many times…

RA

June 1st, 2010
2:59 am

What’s often forgotten, and this is unfortunate, is that professional sports is a “what have you done for me lately?” arena. What some, including myself from time to time, forget is that Chipper won a batting title back in 2008. He had an off year in 2009, and a rough start to the 2010 season, and thirteen years of excellence (actually hall of fame type excellenc), was throne completely out the window. What’s sad is that his career as a Brave deserves more, so much more, than to be thrown aside when his body starts to go.

old timer

June 1st, 2010
4:02 am

Glaus was a gamble, and I think most of us just had our fingers crossed for him. Glad it’s working out, though part of the gamble was on his health. Hopefully he will hold up. One thing he had in his favor going in was Bobby Cox. Whether or not you like Bobby, you know the man has more patience than anyone else alive. He kept playing Glaus through all of those April strikeouts, and it’s paying off.

John Q. Public

June 1st, 2010
6:41 am

You know, if Glaus proves consistent over the next few months, the Braves might want to talk to him about a two-year contract. There’s no guarantee Chipper is coming back, or that Freeman is ready to be the every day first baseman next season.

John Q. Public

June 1st, 2010
6:45 am

What makes the Braves’ recent success more amazing is that it happened while Bobby Cox (according to about half the people who post on AJC blogs) 100-percent of the time, made moves the exact opposite of what a good manager would have done.

hmmm Nate

June 1st, 2010
8:05 am

Most of the people on these blogs gave up on the Braves during/after their 9 game losing streak. Now you guys want to come back.

Brave Fan All The Time

June 1st, 2010
8:14 am

Some of these statements is the reason we are not considerd a good sports town and a bunch of frontrunners. You will notice I said we! We have fans and our AJC writers that will turn on a team in a heartbeat. Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones and some of the others record speak for themslelves. How many major markets have the college teams and pro teams with the majority have winning records over the last few years. I am not saying that we should not strive for the championship every year but we need to be realistic that there will be some years we do not reach our expectations. As Glaus said yesterday that first in September is better than first in June. There will be some down times between now and the end of the year. Let’s show we are not a bunch of frontrunners and support them the entire year!!!!

Bill

June 1st, 2010
9:24 am

Its 1/3 of the season with 100 games to go. Hope everyone stays hot but we know thats not going to happen. Maybe Wren can help out with trade etc by July deadline. Braves are up and down but its great to be back in first. Now lets stay there.
Don’t you just love the bloggers that say “I told you so.”

.

June 1st, 2010
9:31 am

Chipper will get hot and all you so called fans calling for his head will jump back on the his bandwagon.

Wes

June 1st, 2010
9:49 am

Chipper Jones ranks as one of the best Braves period, and anyone who gives him grief, as a Braves fan, is no true fan. He has done a lot for the Braves that other players would not have done. He has shown loyalty to the organization, and could have very easily been making more money elsewhere if he had wanted to.

Having said that, I’ll admit I’m a typical Braves fan. If they’re winning, I’ll go to games, if they are losing, I probably won’t. I don’t have the money or time to waste if they are not playing good. That’s my contract between me and them. If they do good, I come, if they do bad, I don’t. They are doing good right now, so I just went and bought my dream tickets; first row seats right on the field. I’ve always wanted to sit there, and I’ll be right down the first base line in front of Heyward. Can not wait.

fieldofdreams

June 1st, 2010
10:08 am

Dear Troy: Keep rockin’ dude. I hope the Braves have the good sense to sign you for a few more years. PS: Jesus Christ is Lord. His tomb was empty, and He will someday rule over a new heaven and a new earth.

javier

June 1st, 2010
10:34 am

i’m in total agreement with brave fan a.t.t.. i love this town, but the fans love to turn their backs on the braves. i don’t know why.

i’m very happy for glaus and the braves. i would also like to note that if bobby cox doesn’t have patience with glaus over the first month, then he might be sitting the bench or released right now. hinske would be at first and a lesser bat would be in the outfield. congrats to bobby for, once again, making the right move and sticking with his player. i’m not saying it’s worked every time, but it’s worked more time than not.

GO BRAVES!

BravesFan

June 1st, 2010
10:50 am

I believe one of the best moves, along with the recent rise for Chipper Jones, (now hitting over .250) is placing Jason Heyward 2nd in the lineup. TG is really getting the chances now to drive in runs. One area of concern, Center Field with Nate. Make a move there and get a .250 hitter in the 7th or 8th spot and this team can really excel even more.

Ghostrider

June 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

Well I’ll eat some crow…..I didn’t think the Braves would do as well as they are doing, although I’am a Braves Fan, have been since 1982…I was very concerned about Glaus, I’m glad he proved me wrong. Keep it up Troy and go Braves.

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