Jason Heyward Returns to Braves Lineup, Batting Second

I'm baaaack!!!

Even with an 8-to-2 win against the Brewers last night, Bobby Cox is not above shaking up the Braves lineup. Here is the radically different lineup for tonight's game:

  1. Martin Prado, 2B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Troy Glaus, 1B
  6. Eric Hinske, LF
  7. Omar Infante, SS
  8. Nate McLouth, CF
  9. Tim Hudson, P

Facing the right-handed pitcher, David Bush, Cox has loaded the lineup with lefties, five of them, and three in a row from Heyward to McCann. I like the lineup. It also may get Heyward another at-bat during the game, which is pretty important considering how well he's played. Let's hope he comes back from his day to day groin pull with a little chip on his shoulder, and ready to swing a big bat.

Another aspect of putting Heyward second in the lineup is that it takes away the timidity of the lineup that has crept in lately. I was dismayed when Cox tried to bunt with Prado to advance the leadoff hitter in the first inning several nights ago. We don't need to be that timid in the first inning. We should be swinging away, even if we are having trouble scoring runs. Surely that won't be the case with #22 batting second.

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