Jason Heyward is hitting terrible this month, currently .200 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 5 HR in halfway through the second month of the season (152 AB) and 22 RBI. It’s just looking horrid. A .189 AVG in the last 30 days. His strikeout rate is horrid right now as well. His OBP is only .329 this year and he is slugging .414.
At what point do you bench the guy or move him to the bottom of the lineup? Jason Heyward has been hitting #6 and #7 this year when Chipper’s in the lineup, and still has been failing. Tyler Pastornicky himself has been doing much better than Heyward and has been more consistent through April and May, htting better and getting on base much better than Heyward. Heyward hasn’t been our biggest pimp this year, and he hasn't been fitting right in at all with this team...
Now that we have Jack Wilson, I suggest one of two things: Option 1) Wilson plays short and Heyward gets moved down in the lineup. The lineup could be: CF Bourn, LF Prado, 1B Freeman, 2B Uggla, C McCann, 3B Chipper, SS Wilson, RF Heyward (he needs a new spot in the lineup) Option 2) Put Diaz in right for Heyward and bench Heyward outright, and keep Wilson at short.
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 think trying him in the 8 hole for the first time and benching Pastornicky is the option I like best. But I would have him (Heyward) on a short leash, if he didn’t produce out of the 8 spot out of the first 40ish AB’s I would drop him and go with option 2.
Note: This is a joke post as a tribute to that fateful day, and as a bit of a note because Heyward actually is struggling at least a little. Laugh, laugh, and laugh. Don't take any of these options seriously.