Jason Heyward is hitting terrible this month, currently .150 as I write this post up. His power numbers are down a ton since the first two months of the season, too. We are talking 10 HR in the first two months (161 AB) and 38 RBI. Since then it has been horrid. 2 total HR since (200 AB) and just 14 RBI. It is getting ugly. His strikeout rate is horrid right now as well. His on base percentage is .176 this month and he is slugging a pitcher-like .133.
At what point do you bench the guy or move him to the bottom of the lineup? Blogger Ben of TC was just saying in the game thread yesterday that many stats and analysis point to the number two hitter being the most important player in the lineup. If that is true then Atlanta cannot have this guy in the two hole any longer! Prado should be thrown in the two hole because he has been pimpin all season long, and if the two hole requires your biggest pimp, he should fit right in...
Now that we have D. Lee, I suggest one of two things: Option 1) Glaus gets benched and D. Lee plays first and Heyward gets moved down in the lineup. The lineup could be: 2B Infante, 3B Prado, 1B D Lee, C McCann, SS Gonzalez, RF Heyward (He hit .359 from the 6 hole earlier), CF Ankiel/Cabrera, LF Diaz/Cabrera Option 2) Bench Heyward outright, move Glaus to third, start Lee at 1B and start Infante in the OF for Heyward. I would hate to have Infante out of the lineup with the Lee move if Glaus plays third. Glaus could hit either 5th or 6th.
I know you all think Heyward is a god, but this has gone on too long. Some type of shakeup needs to get done. I personally thing trying him in the 6 hole again and benching Glaus is the option I like best. But I would have him (Heyward) on a short leash, if he didn't produce out of the 6 spot within the first 40ish AB's I would drop him and go with option 2.