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Final Weekend: Braves' Stats Watch


Although there are certainly more important things to focus on this weekend, namely, clinching our playoff berth and honoring Bobby, we do have at least three players with statistical issues that need to be kept in mind.

First, Jason Heyward may be or probably is on the cusp of being edged out by Buster Posey for NL Rookie of the Year.  JHey's best stat is OBP and as has been noted, he could be one of the very few players to ever post a .400 OBP in his age 20 season.  Right now, he has fallen back to .394, but .400 is still potentally within reach if he could somehow reach in 9 of 13 or 10 of 15 PA.  Yes, it is definitely a stretch, but it could be done.  Regardless, if JHey can deliver a hot weekend and help push the  Braves back into post-season baseball, it could really do wonders for his ROY candidacy.

Second, assuming at least 4 PA tonight and 11 over the final series, Omar Infante will finally be an official qualifer for the batting stats leaderboard.  Sadly, he has fallen off the pace and has essentially no chance for the batting crown.  However, he does still have an excellent chance to edge out MVP Candidate Joey Votto for the runner-up spot, and having the second best batting average in the NL would still be a very stellar accomplishment.

And, finally, Billy Wagner is wrapping up what I believe should clearly be a HOF worthy career and needs 3 saves to tie John Franco for 1st place career, lefthander category (4th overall).  It should also be noted that this is one of the greatest seasons of his 16 year career. Some of his remarkable numbers include a 0.84 WHIP, a .482 OPSA and allowing a grand total of only 58 TB in 68.0 IP.

Go Braves!

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