We’ve only seen 3 weeks of Heyward this year. He was top 20 last year. I dont know why we are basing 3 weeks of struggle and using it to predict the rest of the year. The man was a 6 win player at age 23!! Be patient guys. Wow.
Walker – who said his career was over? Who is basing the rest of the season on what he has done so far this year? Again, I’m talking in a current reality. He is CURRENTLY not very good. And that is a REALITY. Now does that reflect on his career or the rest of the season? No. But CURRENTLY, the REALITY is that he is not a top-20 player.
I’m a Braves fan, in case you missed that part, so of course I am rooting for him. I’m rooting for Uggla and BJ and anyone else on the team who is struggling because I want the Braves to win. All those guys contributing at a positive rate will only help the team.
It was a hyperbole and I was joking. I know you dont believe that but Heyward still is currently a top 20 talent and has translated that talent to top 20 performance just as recently as last year. 3 weeks of performance at age 23 doesn’t knock him out of those categories to me.
A player can be top 20 or whatever right now and not have good stats accrued through a month or a month-and-a-half. One of the guys over at Capitol Avenue Club a few weeks back did a good analysis of Heyward’s season to this point. His approach seemed to be fine, he seemed to be hitting the ball hard. It’s probably just a matter of the season playing out and Heyward (along with most other players) will end up about where they are supposed to be.
I think Curt and Walker are just referencing two different things. No doubt Heyward hasn’t been very valuable so far this season. He hasn’t gotten good results. That doesn’t necessarily mean his skills (approach, how hard he’s hitting) have been way off his true level of talent. So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to call him a top 20 talent, at least among position players.
I think the same can be said for lots of players at this point in the season. There are lots of players whose stats at this point are way off from who they are. That of course is why a lot of folks scream about small sample sizes.
For any player who is not old and/or broken down, I would tend to trust career numbers or numbers from the last few seasons over what has happened this year if we are trying to categorize them as top 10, top 20, top 50 or whatever.
The disturbing trend lately for me is the Braves winning 1st game after 1st game of a series, then not winning much in the remainder… Kind’a like March… in like a lion, out like a lamb…
The Braves are 11-2 in the first game of a series, 11-16 in the rest. More disturbing is that since the sweep of Washington, they are 7-2 in the first game and 4-15 in the others… Not a promising trend over a full season…
Love the line up the last two days. Having both Mac and Heyward in there finally makes the team look so formidable. In reality we’ll still be shut down by a pitcher like Capuano who’s not very good. But still…