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Friday, May 7, 2010

Disappointment of the Week: Braves not named Heyward


As if the 2010 National League rookie of the year hadn't done enough already for the sputtering Atlanta Braves so far this season, Jason Heyward delivered in crunch time once again last night---too bad no one else did.

For the third time in his first month of Major League Baseball, Heyward knocked a game-tying hit in the eighth inning or later last night against the Nationals.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Atlanta somehow loaded the bases, setting the table for "The Chosen One."

Having injured his groin during Wednesday's game, Heyward was not in the starting lineup and would have to bail the Braves bats out as a pinch hitter.

No problem.

J-Hey limped into the batter's box and calmly lashed an opposite field single that plated two runs, tying the score at two runs apiece.

Unfortunately, the rookie phenom's heroics weren't enough as Atlanta fell to the Nats 3-2---thanks to a supporting cast that continues to absolutely nothing.

Heyward has accounted for 24 percent of Atlanta's run production this season---driving in 26 of the team's 107 RBIs---and is batting .524 with runners in scoring position---compared to .239 from the rest of the Braves lineup.

I wish there was a more blatantly critical word for the performance of the Atlanta offense so far in 2010 because the word "disappointment" simply doesn't do it justice.

The following disclaimer should be ironed onto the backs of every Braves uniform just to avoid any confusion:

WARNING: Relying too much on one player may cause over-dependence, unfairly high expectations or an overall lack of support. To avoid these risks, consult your own personal desire in order to determine whether or not you are capable of providing sufficient support for the future of your franchise. Over-reliance may result in fewer runs scored, more losses and lower attendance numbers.

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