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Braves give Jason Heyward a look in the two hole

Apr 17, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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It’s probably just a one-day thing with Martin Prado resting, but the Braves tonight are giving Jason Heyward his first start as a No. 2 hitter since last July 25.

Heyward has been the team’s hottest hitter thus far, batting .375/.444/.656 with two homers and three steals in 10 games. Besides Chipper Jones, who has been great in his four games since coming off the DL, everyone else in the lineup has hit below their norms, though in Brian McCann‘s case, only slightly.

The Braves like Prado as a No. 2 hitter, so Heyward’s stay at the top of the order figures to be brief. He keeps pounding the ball like this for a few more weeks, then it’s possible the Braves could turn over the third spot in the order to him and drop McCann to fourth or fifth. In his nine previous starts, Heyward had batted sixth four times and seventh the other five games.

  1. karlton2 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    That’s very gracious of Heywood. My wife won’t even give me a look at the two hole, let alone a chance to hit there.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      Wow. This is just the best comment I’ve ever seen here. Kudos sir, well played.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      That is freakin awesome

    • spudchukar - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Is Scott Proctor still pitching for the Braves, if so sounds like a job for him.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    The Supreme Court just ruled that was ok for prisoners, but baseball players?

  3. Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED to discover that Fredi Gonzalez likes giving worse hitters more plate appearances.

  4. cereal blogger - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Cant stop laughing at this

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