J-Hey’s OBP is up to .323. It ain’t Rickey Henderson good, but at least it’s above league average, and climbing: .500 for the past week, .386 over the past two weeks, and .350 for the past month. And J-Hey is hitting .274 over the past month. So while no one’s looking, Heyward is steadily putting things together.
BK (new name, which I hope he forces me to quickly shelve) reached base thrice last night. He’s done that three times this season, or two times fewer than Chris Johnson, six fewer than Justin, and 10 fewer than Troy Tulowitzki.
More good news heading into tonight is that Julio is pitching. And after his only truly bad start last time out in Frisco, he seems sure to return to form. A bit of bad news: Gallardo has owned the Bravos (5-1, 1.79). However, he’s struggled in his past three starts. That slide, combined with the Braves offensive surge — yeah, it’s just two games so I’m going Jim Powell here, I know — could spell good things tonight on Hank Aaron Drive.
The lineup, which is probably the best one Fredi can field right now (iffy on BK hitting 6th or at all, of course, but who knows? Maybe he’s rising to mediocrity): J-Hey, Justin, Freeman, Gattis, Johnson, BK, Simmons, Pena, Julio.
* Yes, Władziu Valentino Liberace was born and raised in suburban Milwaukee.