Finally. BJ is out of the 2 hole. The bad news? He’s “hitting” leadoff. I’m all for trying anything to revive a zombie lineup.
But BJ hitting first? Hell, maybe he’ll go 4-for-4. More likely, he’ll be 0-for-5. Why do this? As a Brave, in 197 games and 663 at-bats, tonight’s leadoff man, our table setter, is hitting .192. He has 127 hits and 243 strikeouts. His OBP is in the .260s. Uh.
We’ll see. Let’s just hope this does not last. It’s not like Fredi has a ton of options for the top of the lineup. But BJ? BK? The worst everyday player in baseball? Literally. Three AL players have batting averages as low as or lower than BJ’s .202, but they all have better OBPs.No one in the NL is as bad with the bat. BK’s defense sucks, too, and he doesn’t appear to bust his ass much of the time.
Moving on. Our squad pulls into Houston tonight. The Astros have endured three straight 100-loss seasons and five consecutive losing years. They have not been to the playoffs since the NL pennant of 2005. They’re 14.5 games out of first place in the AL West.
Since April, they’ve been better than the Braves. In May and June, Houston is 24-25; the Braves are 21-28. That’s a bigger gap then there is between the Braves and Natspos right now. Anyway, Harang takes the hill tonight in a start that could determine his big league future. Another 9-run type implosion, and his time in the rotation could be short. And one would think that if he ain’t startin, he’s departin.
Tonight’s lineup: BK, LaStella, Freeman, Gattis DH, J-Hey, Justin, Johnson, Andrelton, Laird.
* I loved Anderson’s first two movies, liked a couple more but have soured on the guy since. I’d rather see a good story than old record players and fancy tents. In fairness, I haven’t seen his latest.