Stat of the Day: Heyward .531, 4 HRs in eight games

.531, 4 HR, 9 RBIs – Jason Heyward’s offensive production in his past eight games.

The Braves’ rookie slugger is 17-for-32 with six extra-base hits (four homers), nine RBIs and 14 runs in that eight-game span, after batting .169 (11-for-65) with five extra-base hits (one homer), three RBIs and six runs in his previous 18 games.

Batting in his usual second spot in the lineup, Heyward went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer (his 16th) and four RBIs in Monday’s 9-3 win against the Mets, his fifth multi-hit game in his past eight, including three games with at least three hits.

The big right fielder matched his career highs in hits and RBIs with his second four-hit, four-RBI game in nine days. Heyward was 4-for-4 with two homers and two walks in an Aug. 22 win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Heyward and leadoff man Omar Infante combined for eight hits, eight runs and eight RBIs on Aug. 22. On Monday, that top-of-the-order duo combined for six hits and six runs.

The first five in the Braves’ lineup (Infante, Heyward, Martin Prado, Derrek Lee, Brian McCann) all had multi-hit games Monday and were a combined 12-for-22 with two home runs and nine RBIs. McCann hit his 19th homer and ninth in 36 games.

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Sweet Daddy

August 31st, 2010
12:11 am

Jamaaliver

August 31st, 2010
12:14 am

Looks like the big guns are all heating up at the right time. It still hurts that Chipper isn’t around, but hopefully Infante, Prado, McCann and Heyward can stay hot and carry us for the rest of the season.
Lord knows that bottom of the order can’t be depended on to produce consistently.

Jamaaliver

August 31st, 2010
12:14 am

PS. Sweet Daddy is a tool.

JJ

August 31st, 2010
12:14 am

Rhino

August 31st, 2010
12:16 am

Ridiculous. Looks like he could still win RoY after all.

http://www.rhinorant.com

pancho

August 31st, 2010
12:39 am

Stat of the day sucks

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 31st, 2010
12:40 am

God, Heyward sucks…(LOL)

Just kidding folks…just kidding..(LOL)

rekingball

August 31st, 2010
12:41 am

Phillies lose. 3 back.

AdirondackDave

August 31st, 2010
12:48 am

Phillies didn’t just lose…they lost getting a single hit with ace Halladay on the mound. Which means the Braves can gain more ground over the next 4 days when Halladay won’t be pitching. Opportunity is knocking here…

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
1:05 am

Did the announcers tonight say that the Fools got only, like,12hits in the entire series against the Pads?

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 31st, 2010
1:06 am

AdirondackDave – good point, BUT opportunity was knocking while WE were playing Colorado…but this team couldn’t take advantage of the Phils getting swept by Houston. Let’s as fans not jump the gun just yet.

NRBQ

August 31st, 2010
1:28 am

They swept the Pads, dumbass.

Najeh Davenpoop

August 31st, 2010
1:55 am

Tim Hudson now leads the NL in ERA.

Bravos0516

August 31st, 2010
2:10 am

Did anyone watch ESPN tonight? Absolutely ridiculous that they even showed and commentated on the foul ball Ike Davis couldn’t catch. Someone should tell those puppets that the braves play 81 games at Turner Field and that tarp is always there. I will watch ESPN again when they can call and tell they are a “real boy” now.

Joshua

August 31st, 2010
2:24 am

@NRBQ
Yea, the swept the Pads with only 12 hits, dumbass.

ErnisTbass

August 31st, 2010
6:17 am

Heyward needs to play deeper in right, way too many balls getting past him, with his speed he has a better chance of catching shallow balls running in, I love the guy but too many runs scoring with balls getting past him as he jumps too late trying to get one off the fence

Manny

August 31st, 2010
6:21 am

ErnisTbass… too many balls getting past him? Like, One? Stop nitpicking because he’s doing just fine out there. The ball hit the wall. It’s not a guarantee to get any ball that bounces off the wall.

ijudgenot

August 31st, 2010
7:02 am

After watching D. lee again last night it is as obvious to me as it was with Glaus that the guy has an injury that is affecting his swing. Glaus had knee problems, Lee has a back problem that is limiting his ability to stay on an inside fast ball. He gets one big swing an at bat then the rest are weak swings because of the pain. The Braves took a gamble that their doctors could look at his Xrays and MRI and determine if his back would significantly affect his ability to hit, instead of a physical examine or stress test to see if he had pain in making certain movements. Lee still can be useful if Cox and TP would tell him to just be a gap hitter instead of trying to hit homeruns. He is unlike Glaus a lifetime .300 hitter. He just can’t pull the ball for homeruns now. The Braves will only have him for 2 months so use what ability the still has, hitting line drive singles and doubles not homeruns to produce.

Jesse Stone

August 31st, 2010
7:26 am

ijudgenot- Lee had a big series with 3-4 HR against the Cardinals just before we acquired him.

ijudgenot

August 31st, 2010
8:22 am

Jessie, you are correct the scouts did the “eye test” during the Cardinal series and he looked good and still does. When he walks to the plate instead of limpping to the plate like Glaus, he physically looks like he could tear the cover off the ball. But, as I said he gets one good swing an at bat then its weak grounder to third or short or strike out. Against the Cardinals he probably got lucky and connected with his first hard swing. Wren took a gamble because the Braves need right handed power and he did not have to give up much. The guy has an exaggerated open stance which tells me that early in his career he had problems catching up tho the hard inside fastball. Well, because of the sore back that hole in his swing has reappeared. He can’t pull that pitch right now, so why try, just stay inside the ball like Diaz now and Escobar used to do and try to hit everything from up the middle to right field. He won’t get many homeruns but he could still get big hits to move runners along or drive them in from 2nd or 3rd.

jimmymack

August 31st, 2010
8:24 am

maybe freeman will come in and follow in his roomie’s footstep’s

DoninTococca

August 31st, 2010
8:51 am

That’s it for ESPN and all the other cable “Baseball” reporting idots! I’ve waited as long as 48 minutes to see a 22 second about story about the Braves wining the night before. Heck, I can get better from the Atlanta Channels ithe morning! Oh, Yes, Heyward is awesome!!!!!

Hooter Girl

August 31st, 2010
9:27 am

Manny, Ernis T is right, since Heyward tried to run through the foul pole the other day, he has been flinching at the wall. The guy just turned 21 and is still learning how to play, he is not superman so we need to be patient with him. He happens to already be one of the best baserunners I have ever seen.

Jesse Stone

August 31st, 2010
9:42 am

ijudgenot- “He probably got lucky and connected with his first hard swing”- I stopped reading your post at that point.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 31st, 2010
10:33 am

This is a good time to have the offense heat up. Maybe when glaus is called up, we can go ahead and pick up the WS trophy.

E-6

August 31st, 2010
10:52 am

Two ominous signs. Lowe to test arm and KK recalled. Call Lowe a 3rd, 4th or 5th pitcher – regardless we need his innings down the stretch. As opposed to KK, he keeps us in games rather than putting us five down by the third.

Oh, and Matt Diaz, please don’t apologize for flipping your bat. You did it after a truly significant home run as opposed to some hot dogs who do it when they connect in a 12-2 game.

Chris

August 31st, 2010
10:57 am

I was just looking through some stats. You know as much as we complain about the offense, the Braves are actually tied for second in the National League in Runs Scored as a team. Obviously this stat can be a bit skewed. The team does seem to score in bunches. However I think the overall negative perception of the offense stems from poor situation hitting and the few holes in the lineup that were present for a good portion of the summer (McLouth, Glaus, etc…).

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 31st, 2010
11:02 am

KK is having some problems. He has great stuff when he is “on”. It has been a long time since his good stuff. He was sent down to AAA and has been worst than the time in the majors. Does anyone here think that he is washed up? He is in his mid 30’s and unlike sito, he has lost all of his edge. It seems like the braves are paying for his retirement.

deemark

August 31st, 2010
11:04 am

Big ups to Haroki Kuroda!! That a baby.

deemark

August 31st, 2010
11:07 am

With all this hoopla about the Triple Crown race between Votto and Pujols, people are going to be real upset when Infante wins the batting title.

yogiespeak

August 31st, 2010
11:18 am

infante
prado
hayward(cf)
mccann
lee
diaz
gonzo
henski

deemark

August 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Sorry yogiespeak, but that lineup wouldn’t work. You know Bobby likes to go right, left, right, left.

bigboi

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

Yep i agree about being at the top of the NL in runs produced. Now can we give TP some love and let him step in when donk retires?

Sf brave

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

The future looks bright with Heyward, Freeman, McCann, Hanson, Jurrjens, and Venters all maturing and improving.

Appalachia Brave

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

I am curious, who is the next manager of the Braves??

tt

August 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

ha ha…those espn announcers last night were biased wasnt they? The tarp…cost the muts….ha ha…Look, as a Braves fan over the yrs, I have seen the Braves get totally robbed in terrible calls, strike zones, saying they didnt touch a base when they did…and NO ONE ever said “that just stinks the Braves are getting terrible calls etc.” but you let the Muts or the Yunkees…ha ha…..Braves kicked booty last nigt…tell the Muts to hit more balls over by the tarp, heck the Braves will catch um…Go Braves…lol!!!!

Alphare

August 31st, 2010
12:46 pm

How is Jeff Francoure doing lately? haven’t heard much about him.

Alphare

August 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

Just went thru Jeff F’s numbers. His past 3 years look awfully alike, average, OBP etc.

Ted M

August 31st, 2010
12:51 pm

Jesse – Lee had an epidural injection after that Cards series…thats significant.

Freddie G

August 31st, 2010
12:57 pm

The Astros and now the Dodgers have beaten Big Roy and Philadelphia so why can’t we beat the Phills when Big Roy is pitching. We have as good or better lineup than both the Astros and Dodgers. This can only be attributed to fear just like some pitchers show before they reach the mound at Coors Field. Omar Infante, Marteen Prado and Matt Diaz are all good hitters, but they frequently lose concentration at the plate and make easy outs, by swinging at the pitchers pitch while they are ahead in the count. If they are to improve that to the level of Bmac and Jason, we could take off offensively. Jason sometimes swing at bad pitches but he does fight back and at times earn a walk.

Ease™ in Sandy Springs

August 31st, 2010
1:01 pm

I’ve got this phone interview with a bio-logic’s company located in Miami and yet I am fascinated with the hurricane…

Turtsnap

August 31st, 2010
1:09 pm

Tomorrow, at this time, Freddie Freeman will be taking a new route to work!!

jim

August 31st, 2010
1:15 pm

The crowd last night was pitiful!!!
When you looked at a whole section of Philly fans making the trek to San Diego and making Petco sound like Cit. Bank at times, Atlanta area fans should be ashamed. If the Mets were in the race, their fans would have been in the park last night making more noise than the home crowd. It has been like that in the past. If all the people wanting Frank Wren’s head for not signing a big bat or griping about the cheapness of ownership would get out to the park more often and cheer, Wren might have a few more dollars to spend on talent! I have to see the Met telecasts where I live when we play the Mets, and the Met announcers first commented on the home record of the Braves, then said they have one big disadvantage going forward and cited the poor attendance — less than 20,000 on a night against a division rival after an exciting come back win.

bobby

August 31st, 2010
1:18 pm

Heyward’s hitting is beginning to come around but he needs lots of fielding practice.

jim

August 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

I understand the need to exchange Martinez and KK to cover the possibility of a long relief assignment for the next couple games, but what does this mean for the possible post-season roster? KK becomes elligible, but would Martinez not be elligible unless there is an injury?

Freddie G

August 31st, 2010
1:27 pm

ESPN’s comment on the Tarp and that foul ball that Ike Davis was not able to catch was embarrassing. If the Tarp affects the Mets it does affect the Braves also. I saw in a game last week where Albert Puhols almost got hurt when he tried to climg a Tarp to catch a foul ball, and there was no argument about that Tarp, and it was not at Turner Field. Some people like John Kruk does not belong on TV for the obvious reasons, plus he is very biased.

Bruce Mac

August 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

Jim, you are a DA. Braves lead all other NL Division leaders in attendance. So I guess that is a huge advantage not a disadvantage. At least know something about what you are talking about before coming on here with moron dribble.

zenman

August 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

I could be wrong, but it seems to me the Braves even when winning all the divisions, the Braves lost too many one run games. It has been that way for most of Braves existence. Lack of speed hurts the Braves. Car Crawford would make a huge difference in the lineup. I can dream can I not? Go Braves. Some great comments today, been a pleasure reading them. Tone is always better during a winning streak.

jim

August 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

Bruce,
The Washington series drew fewer than 20K/game. For the Mets last night the crowd was about 16K. Fla. doesn’t draw, and the Nats are a last place team that only drew big when Strasburg pitched. The Mets are a 500 team that has alienated their fan base. Philly sells out every game. The crowds in Chicago and Colorado were large when the Braves visted there, and the Cubs are a mediocre team. If the Braves draw 30K for the rest of the Met series, I will apologize to you for my comments. If they draw fewer than 20K per night, you should owe me an appology for calling me a DA. (I hope Huddy vs Santana draws a better crowd, but expect the next two nights to be similar to last night.)

jim

August 31st, 2010
2:06 pm

I used division rivals, not division leaders (San Diego and Cincinnati). We don’t play those two teams again in the regular season. We do have to worry about Philly and WC contenders — Cards, Giants, Rockies and Dodgers — and those teams will have large crowds at the park supporting them. Their attendance has not fallen off because of school, football, or any other reason.

Bernard

August 31st, 2010
2:09 pm

SSSSSSSSSSSSSWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve

August 31st, 2010
2:11 pm

Why doesn’t Fumbling Frank bring up Freeman today so he can be eligible for the postseason?

mkr

August 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

Lighten up Jim! In case you don’t know it, the ATL has been one of the areas in the country hardest hit by the economic downturn because so many of us made our living off of construction and the housing market. It is hard to get to more than a couple of Braves games a year between the costs, traffic. Also, kids in this area play sports all year round so when your kids have baseball, soccer, football, etc. games, it is hard to miss those to get to a game. Let the Met’s announcers complain all they want. They may be “division rivals” but they are surely not the competition right now. Just because we can’t all afford to and have time to get to the games, doesn’t mean we are not supporting our Braves!

Fire Frank Wren

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

.Of course we don’t draw what they draw in NY,Chicago, and Philly as we have millions less people. Your point that was DA was that our attendance was a disadvantage compared to the other teams going to plaYoffs and in fact we have the best attendance of the three.

dman

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

if Lowe is hurt do you think the braves might try to get Ted Lilly?

"Da Real" Damon Evans

August 31st, 2010
2:47 pm

Tomorrow is September. you know what that means? The bravos are going to stop playing because they think the season is over.

Well you know the season is really over cause it is time to hand out free panties at sanford stadium. I got bills to pay. :)

rainman34

August 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

Just think if glaus can prove he can play third. Put omar in left bat glaus 7th. If he gets back some of what he had in may and june the sky is the limit.

Submariner683

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

Great night for Heywood. The one AB that was not a hit was still a rope shot that just never got down. It’s rare to see a ball hit on a line drive around 6 feet off the ground that never goes down. It hit the CF right in the chest without the guy moving. He was really turning on the ball last night.

Feelin Good

August 31st, 2010
3:02 pm

I am feeling pretty good about the Braves right now. Philly shouldn’t be anybody’s concern right now, its the Giants and Cards. What’s in our favor is only about 30 games remaining. If the Braves play .500 baseball, the Giants would need to play some really good baseball in the games remaining and the Cards would need to play exceptional ball. If the Giants or Cards do not do this, worst case we are in the playoffs.

Braves Fan Since "80

August 31st, 2010
3:07 pm

Heyward bashers can’t wait for a 2-12 stretch…. so like rain man they are turing on D Lee….. Prado is playing third better than Chipper has the past two years, we have got a pop at 2nd base and his defense is better after locking into one position…. I guess the fact that Melky and Ankiel have great arms and matty has pop in his bat they should be benched……. I would like to see Prado get a few days off to protect him but Infante has found a home

Skeezix

August 31st, 2010
3:08 pm

Oh what fun it is to watch the Bravos beat the Mutts. Hopefully the offense is finally heating up and at the right time — Jason has been awesome! Also, Omar! Can Derrek Lee get it going soon? If so, this team should win the NL East-and in terms of achieving that goal, gaining another game on the Phils last night was important.

italian_29

August 31st, 2010
3:09 pm

I have noticed that the Philly fans that were saying two weeks ago that they would be in first place by the weekend have disappeared. It may have been three weeks ago, but I do remeber that this blog was covered by Philly Fans that were saying that the Plils were better than the Bravo and they were coming to claim their “rightful” spot, atop the NL East. It is amazing how a team can have a few good years, and I am taking nothing away from the Phillies, and claim that they are the toast of the division.

deemark

August 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

Jim………Shutup! You sound real dumb. You need to check the attendance numbers across the NL East. And how do we have a disadvantage at home when we have the best home record in all of baseball. We could care less what Mets announcers have to say. That could be sour grapes for all we know. It didn’t seem to affect us last night. It was the first day of the work week and folks are not trying to go to a baseball game against the lowly Mets when we gotta get right back up early in the morning and fight that Atlanta traffic.

BRW

August 31st, 2010
3:16 pm

“DoninTococca” where is that, or was it supposed to be …Toccoa?

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