Heyward gets start vs. Hernandez

Jason Heyward was back in the lineup for the third time in four games for the Braves, as manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’ll play that decision according to match-ups and hunches.

Heyward was 4-for-15 in his career against Tuesday night’s Nationals starter Livan Hernandez with seven walks, two homers and a double. Jose Constanza was 1-for-2 against Hernandez.

“(You) try to match up and try to play them both,” Gonzalez said. “I think Jason, you see some games where you see that swing improve and you don’t want to sit him out for three or four games in a row.”

Heyward went 3-for-4 with a grand slam Tuesday in Chicago.

Gonzalez said Constanza will return to the lineup Wednesday night against left-hander John Lannan.

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Joseph

August 30th, 2011
6:43 pm

Joseph

August 30th, 2011
6:43 pm

Dennis Reynolds

August 30th, 2011
6:54 pm

Bout damn time. Fredi is going to ruin this guy. You’ve got a comfortable lead (not a lock. comfortable). You HAVE to play Heyward and let him swing his way out of this. We know what kind of player he can be. Who cares hows he’s played up to this point? If he turns it around in time for the playoffs, this year was just a blip on the radar.

Jeff

August 30th, 2011
7:08 pm

Wrong Dennis. Fredi has played it perfectly — play the hot batter, not the hot marketing tool. That’s why the Braves have this comfortable lead.

SCBravesFan

August 30th, 2011
7:11 pm

Fredi is NOT ruining Heyward. Play the hot hand which is Constanza. This is not the time to worry about Heyward’s feelings. If he wants to play, he should hit. Nuf said…

LOB Braves

August 30th, 2011
7:46 pm

Was anybody in the stadium expecting Seabass to do anything but make an out with the bases loaded. Even Glavine knew he was an automatic out.

Frediot

August 30th, 2011
9:45 pm

Please read the book – no such thing as hot hand or at least not predictable. Is there really one opponent that is sad ton see co stanza in line up instead of JHEY – of course not. Any braves fan who wants to see constanza instead of hey ward is simply not too smart

Stan

August 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

Looks like that detroit writer was right about JJ. Guy is stinking at the worst time. Hope hanson comes back soon cause lowe and jj are killing us.

billmaier

August 30th, 2011
10:01 pm

the boxscore from the august first game is wrong it shows that constanza was 2 for 3 against hernadez?

Rotdg

August 30th, 2011
10:01 pm

I would rather see Constanza instead of heyward. That gives us the better chance to win

billmaier

August 30th, 2011
10:09 pm

Heyward was 4-for-15 in his career against Tuesday night’s Nationals starter Livan Hernandez with seven walks, two homers and a double. Jose Constanza was 1-for-2 against Hernandez. someone needs to check out the stats before printing them constanza was 2-3 off hernadez in the august 1st game not 1- for 2

Smackerel

August 31st, 2011
6:22 am

Heyward needed some motivational therapy and Fredi gave it to him. If he goes back to what got him to the majors he’ll be fine.

urban redneck

August 31st, 2011
8:48 am

2 runs scored-both driven in by mister heyward. some of us still have faith in him!!!!!

Ted Abernathy

August 31st, 2011
9:16 am

Do you realize Atlanta has 4 left fielders, and as of tomorrow will have 5 third basemen, can never have too many I guess? And it wasn’t that long ago when we were stockpiling first basemen.

Random

August 31st, 2011
2:08 pm

So how come Constanza wasn’t in LF instead of Prado?

TNBravesFan

August 31st, 2011
3:12 pm

Yeah, we need to play the career minor leaguer over the more talented future of our team. That makes a lot of sense. Heyward is fine, just needs more ABs. The shine on Constanza WILL wear off soon. Don’t let your eyes deceive you people, Heyward is a better player and should be in the lineup over Constanza any day.

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