Everyone knows Jason Heyward is a terrific young player. If he's able to avoid the (freak) injury bug this year, he could be a legitimate MVP contender in the National League.
Just how important is Heyward to the Braves' overall success? MLB Play Index tweeted out this little gem before yesterday's game:
The #Braves are 107-55 in the last 162 games started by Jason Heyward.— MLB Play Index (@BRefPlayIndex) April 1, 2014
Following last night's 5-2 win over the Brewers -- a game Heyward went 2-for-5 in with a single and homer -- Atlanta is now 108-54 in J-Hey's last 162 starts. That's good for a .667 win percentage.
That record is, of course, pretty amazing. While there's no guarantee the team will continue winning at that kind of pace with Heyward around, it's tough to not get excited about him hopefully playing 150+ games in 2014, something he's only been able to do once in his career. (I literally knocked on wood as I wrote this final paragraph.)