Is Jason Heyward Turning the Corner for Atlanta Braves?

By Andrew Shaw
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Anyone who has watched the Atlanta Braves this season knows that the pitching has been the strength so far, but things seem to be changing for the offense. Lately, the offense has seen an increase in the number of runs produced, and a big reason why is because of the reemergence of Jason Heyward. Sitting in the lead-off spot, Heyward struggled to start out the year as he fought to stay just above .200, but if the last 10 games are any indication of what the Braves can expect to see from their young star, they have to be excited.

Any time your first batter is a threat to not only launch a home run over the fence, but can get on base at an efficient rate, it does wonders for the offense. It puts immediate pressure on the opposing pitcher and the result is more hits from the rest of the batting order as well. Therefore, let’s hope Heyward’s recent hot streak is not just a temporary thing, but a sign of him turning the corner as the season starts to get close to the halfway point. After going 1-for-4 with two walks and two runs batted in today against the Miami Marlins, his average over the last 10 games sits at .293. That is significantly better than what the Braves have seen from him so far this season.

To begin the month of May his batting average was at .206. Now, after his recent resurgence, that number has climbed all the way to a reasonable .246 and it might not stop there if Heyward continues to swing the bat well. He finally looks comfortable after a shaky start, and the month of May is proof of his new-found confidence at the plate. He’s not only been able to hit for average in the last 10 games, but for this whole month he’s managed to record a .284 batting average, which may mean he is in fact turning the corner for Atlanta.

The Braves have been waiting a long time for their young right fielder to become a force with his bat too. Hopefully his great play of late is a sign that Heyward is finally ready to take his game to the next level. Atlanta will need him to be at his best if they want to be able to compete for a World Series title this season. The pitching seems to be there, and now it’s time for the offense led by their young star to do their part in order to become legitimate contenders.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for Follow him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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