Tomahawk Chops: Jason Heyward looking to get hot

Scott Cunningham

J-Hey has struggled in the early going. He took a day off yesterday with hopes of getting his swing back on track.

It's funny how winning outweighs everything else.

The Braves are now 7-1 about 10 days into the season, and they'll look to win their sixth-straight game in Miami with Mike Minor on the mound tonight.

While most of the team is hitting well in the early going, Jason Heyward has been pretty awful. He's hitting .083 with an OPS of .475. It's still way too early in the year to be concerned about J-Hey, but it would take some of the burden off Babe Ru -- I mean Justin Upton -- if he could get hot at the plate.

On Tuesday, Fredi Gonzalez held Heyward out of the lineup. Typically I am vehemently disagree with him sitting because of the value he brings in the field alone, but it seemed like a good call. The Braves were facing a left-handed pitcher on a bad team, and it would allow for J-Hey to spend some extra time in the batting cages.

Heyward is back in the lineup and hitting second today. If he can get going, it's scary to think how good this lineup can (and will) be.

Now onto some links...

Heyward will relax, trust himself at plate | braves.com: News
When Jason Heyward went to the batting cage after Monday night's win over the Marlins, he was not attempting to vent or release frustration. The Braves right fielder was simply trying to get a better feel for the comfort he had started to gain during the game.

Justin Upton had an historic first week with his new team, the Braves | braves.com: News
Nearly twenty years later -- with the help of the MLB Network research department -- I've pinpointed the 1993 Gary Sheffield deal as a comp for the Justin Upton trade that took place this past offseason.

Gattis to get more starts than Laird for now | www.ajc.com
MIAMI — Rookie slugger Evan Gattis is expected to start more games at catcher than veteran Gerald Laird while first baseman Freddie Freeman is on the disabled list, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins - April 10, 2013 | MLB.com Preview
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