Hello. On my way to Turner Field today, I saw Jason Heyward rescue three kids from a burning building and hurl himself in front of a meteor just before it crashed into Earth.
“No big deal,” he said later, brushing himself off.
Kidding. Sort of.
Everybody here is still exhaling after Tuesday’s dramatic, 4-3 win over Philadelphia. Three-run, two-out, ninth-inning rallies started by the .200-hitting Troy Glaus just don’t happen every day. (The Braves still had the line score up on the scoreboard this afternoon).
A game-tying home run by Heyward? Yeah, that happens. What doesn’t happen with this kid? As David O’Brien wrote in his ball blog, Heyward’s 16 RBI in his first 13 major league games equals the feat of Ted Williams for players under the age of 21. I have this theory that when your early career accomplishments are starting to be compared to dead legends, you’re pretty good.
Here’s the bigger question, and something I may delve into my later: If Heyward goes on to have the great season now projected, how much does that change the equation in the National League East? Overall, the Phillies still have the better team on paper. The Braves still have a major hole at leadoff (Nate McLouth (.167) is back in that spot tonight, by the way). Glaus and Melky Cabrera (.119) remain significant question marks.
But considering how many players in the lineup are off to bad starts, what does it say that the Braves are still 8-5? What does it mean for the future? Is the Braves’ only postseason hope really via the wild card spot, or do they have a shot to steal the division from the Phillies.
Weigh in and I’ll be back to chat during the game. It’s as good a pitching match-up as you can get: Tim Hudson vs. Roy Halladay.