Heyward moved up to hit second

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Jason Heyward got an early look at a couple of different lineups for Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez showed Heyward two where the recently-named N.L. Player of the Week was batting fifth. There was one where he was batting third. And there was the one the team settled on with Heyward batting second.

“Just to put our three best hitters right now together, the guys that are swinging the bats and getting on base and keep the line moving” Gonzalez said of his rationale of putting Michael Bourn, Heyward and Martin Prado in the top three spots.

Heyward said it didn’t matter where he was in the batting order.

“[Gonzalez] asked me if I was OK with either of the lineups and I said ‘Hey, I’m not going to change a thing. As long as I’m in there, I’m happy,’” Heyward said.

Heyward hit .522 (12-for-23) with a 1.130 slugging percentage in six interleague games against the Yankees and Red Sox last week. He joins Freddie Freeman who won the award twice earlier this season (April 16-22 and April 30-May 6).

Gonzalez noted Heyward’s offensive stats, but also credited several catches and throws he made during the stretch.

“I’m glad he won the award,” Gonzalez said. “Now we need a couple of [Player of the] Months.”

15 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
6:24 pm

Grats Heyward. Now make us proud!

Brave Decisions

June 26th, 2012
6:29 pm

Love it. It’s about time http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-8Q

bruce

June 26th, 2012
6:30 pm

Let’s roll

Really?

June 26th, 2012
6:33 pm

good for Heyward! Take that all you ‘Wayward’ naysayers!
About time he moved up and some of the others dropped down

Weaseal

June 26th, 2012
6:34 pm

Gotta play the hot hand….

Quack Quack

June 26th, 2012
6:55 pm

Congrats J Hey!! Maybe this change will work out. I will be pleased if we can stop leaving so many RISP game after game. Hope we have a winning home stand.

GO BRAVES!!

Sons of Rick Matula

June 26th, 2012
7:32 pm

Encouraging sign … good to see the Braves make an overdue lineup adjustment.

Lee Maye

June 26th, 2012
11:33 pm

One more adjustment is needed in the lineup. Move Uggla and McCann below Chipper and Freeman. Chipper doesn’t strike out as much and will get the RBI or move the runners up. Uggla simply whiffs. McCann hits into too many DP’s.

Kashi

June 27th, 2012
8:39 am

Lee Maye, can’t agree more!

Doug

June 27th, 2012
9:13 am

I don’t know why he asks the players. He is the manager, just do it!

Bob the Blogger

June 27th, 2012
9:41 am

I would like to see Heyward bat third while he’s hot. His combination of power, on-base-pct and speed make him an ideal #3 hitter when he’s raking.

Mike

June 27th, 2012
2:24 pm

absolutely agree Lee Maye. There is no reason what so ever chipper shouldn’t be hitting clean up. I personally think Freeman 5 and McCann 7th. McCann is too much of a one sided hitter. And he’s slow. Gotta get your best hitters up top and go for bombs below.

robbeye

June 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

There’s a huge drop-off in talent once we get to our bench. Jack Wilson and Juan Francisco are terrible hitters…we don’t stand a chance for making the playoffs until these two players are upgraded!

Marilyn folkerth

June 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

It’s about time Fredi made a move-not good enough though–how can he keep Ugga at the top with as many strikeouts as he has?

Dorothy Davis

June 27th, 2012
6:18 pm

The line-up change worked and thank god Fred is not like Cox who would go with the same line-up all season working or not. You have to play the hot hand or don’t play!

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