And while Atlanta's struggles with runners in scoring position have been well-documented, there seems to be one key area where the Braves are struggling that few people have recognized.
We all know that Uncle Glaus has been occupying the basement couch for sometime now—hitting .165 with 1 HR and 12 RBIs since June 13—but is there more to his story than meets the eye?
The only other player to start at first base other than Glaus since June 13 is Eric Hinske, who has started four games during Troy's offensive relapse, and he is 0-for-11 in those starts—making the duo a combined 21-for-137 (.153) over their last 42 starts.
Apparently, no one in an Atlanta uniform wants to play first base for fear of a batting average nosedive—emphasis on ATLANTA uniform.
Gwinnett Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, 20, can't even buy a six-pack for another month or so, but he's been 'wasting' Triple-A pitching for quite some time—.291 BA, 14 HR, 63 RBIs.
If the Braves' "first baseman of the future" (Freeman) was to join the big league club, Atlanta's roster would boast four players under the age of 25—at least until starting pitcher Kris Medlen left last night's game with a potentially serious elbow injury.
But fear not. As it is believed that pitching prospect Mike Minor, 22, could step into Medlen's spot in the rotation to keep the number of "U-25ers" right at four.
That's a lot of ifs, but picture this potential lineup:
That's an average age of just 26.8 years old, but fortunately for Atlanta, both Heyward and Freeman will turn 21 before the time any champagne bottles pop inside the Braves locker room.
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