Before the Atlanta Braves start their attempt at winning game three of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they should take care to make sure Evan Gattis is in the starting line-up. The rookie slugger has not been perfect but he has been one of the more productive Braves at getting on base. Those broadcasting on TBS might want to focus on the few rookie mistakes for Gattis but I want to focus more on the good things he has done.
The argument for him doing a great job offensively starts with him getting a walk and a base hit against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in game one. They had trouble driving anyone in against Kershaw but they also had trouble getting anyone on base. Base hits were even more difficult but Gattis showed his ability to get a hit off of anyone at any time with this performance against the game’s best pitcher.
For the series as a whole Gattis is 2 for 5 with one run scored and two walks. That is good enough for a .400 batting average and .571 on-base percentage. TBS and Keith Olbermann can focus on the missed catch and the getting doubled off of first if they want to. I for one am going to focus on the good things he has done. No matter who the pitcher is, Gattis can provide base hits and even more than that as I predict at least one home run for him before the end of the series. He is the real deal.