Everyone knows about the Braves and their history of 1st basemen who don't stay for more than one season. With the way Troy Glaus, and now Eric Hinske, have been hitting while manning 1B, I'd say there's a very good -- if not certain -- chance this streak will continue in 2011. On June 13th, Troy Glaus hit 2 HRs against the Twins. Since then, here are the combined stats from Glaus and Hinske (H/T to SportsLoaf):
21-for-138 (.152 BA), 1HR, 14RBI, 29K/24BB
Ouch. I know that slumps are a part of the game and they always will be, and the Braves tend to be very patient with their veteran players, but this simply cannot continue. The 5th slot in the lineup is currently a black hole, and the Braves can't have that while making a push for the playoffs.
I'm not sure if Freddie Freeman is the answer to our problems, but it might not hurt to give him a shot. If you don't feel comfortable with a 21-year old Freeman being moved into the lineup during a pennant race, perhaps the Braves could try Martin Prado at 1st once he comes off the DL? Maybe even Barbaro Canizares gets a chance at 1st? I'm not sure what will happen, but unless Troy picks it up, I think it's pretty certain that a move will be made.