The past three games, Nate McLouth is hitting .357 with a double, 1 homerun, 2 rbi’s, and 2 stolen bases. And the past three games he has persuaded me to form a “Man Crush” on him, if you will. I don’t know which of the two is more impressive.
What I do know is he has sparked this team. I think he’s lighten a much need fire under the offense, and he’s very aggressive. Not “Hey! I’m Francouer, watch me swing at the first pitch”, or even “Ola, soy es Yunel Escobar, watcho me groundo outo into el double playo.” More like “Wassup, I just singled so now I’m gunna swipe second to get a run.” (I imagine thats how Frenchy, Yunel, and Nate all talk.)
I prefer Nate (The Great) to hit leadoff rather than third for a slew of reasons, the first being that Chipper hates hitting fourth and has a great amount of pride that goes with that spot. Why I say this is because Chipper subtlety blames the batting order for the 2 shutouts, I don’t have the exact quote but to paraphrase, ‘All I know is when I was hitting 4th, we we’re shutout twice. When I go back to the 3rd hole, we win. Now, I’m no mathematician but…’ blah blob blah. The second reason is because he is the best prototypical leadoff hitter we have, and lastly he is a nice gap – gap hitter.
Oh by the way, since Chipper has survived the dizziness, he has had the two best games of the season. Which is why I propose that when he is on deck, instead of taking swings, put the bat against his forehead, then place the barrel on the ground, and spin around 20 times. Not only will his BA raise, but I gurantee you it will put more fans in the seats.
Also, MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Redsox are interested in a mystery shortstop from the Braves. And if you scroll down on the comments, someone posted the following from “Bill Shank’s Board”
I think its TOO BIG of a move for Atlanta to pull off soon, but It benefits all teams really. It’s nice to dream isn’t it?
Here is the actual quote from Chipper, “[McLouth] hits third two games and we don’t score,” Jones said. “He
hits leadoff one game and we score eight. I’m not a mathematician by
any means, but …”