Atlanta Braves Weekly Review: June 22-28

Brett KettyleCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 3:  Pitcher Tommy Hanson #73 of the Atlanta Braves throws during an exhibition game against Panama at Champion Stadium March 3, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves Week 12 Review

Overall Record: 35-40

Weekly Record: 3-4

Streak: Won 1

Standing: Fourth Place, Five Games Back

Week In Review

Despite a good start to the week with wins over the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, the Braves quickly fell apart, at one point dropping four in a row.

The offense was terrible this week, scoring only three runs in as many games against the Boston Red Sox, and only 2.86 runs a game for the week as a whole.

This past week, a number of Braves were hit with either an injury or an illness.

Nate McLouth injured his hamstring on a bunt attempt and has not played since. He is still listed as day-to-day, and, hopefully will be back in the lineup during the series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yunel Escobar has taken a seat on the bench due to an injured hip, although he has been on Bobby Cox’s bad side with a couple of boneheaded plays in the field recently. Escobar is also day-to-day, but should see action against Philadelphia.

Early in the week, Kelly Johnson left a game with leg cramps, but has since returned to the lineup.

Kenshin Kawakami was struck in the neck with a line drive in his start against the Yankees. Although he left the game, he is scheduled to make his next regular start.

Tommy Hanson was sent home on Saturday with the flu, but came to the ballpark well enough to pitch on Sunday and managed to win his fourth-straight start in the process.

Statistical Leaders (Qualified Players)

Batting Average—Yunel Escobar (.291)

Home Runs—Chipper Jones (9)

RBI—Yunel Escobar (39)

Runs—Yunel Escobar (39)

Stolen Bases—Jeff Francoeur (5)

OPS—Chipper Jones (.880)

Wins—Derek Lowe (7)

ERA—Jair Jurrjens  (2.93)

Strikeouts—Javier Vazquez (125)

WHIP—Javier Vazquez (1.06)

Saves—Mike Gonzalez (9)

Holds—Peter Moylan (11)

Players of the Week

Usually, there would be one hitter and one pitcher named player of the week. But this week the offense produced no standouts, so two pitchers were selected instead.

Tommy Hanson: 2-0, 11.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 7 BB, 6 K

Javier Vazquez: 1-1, 14.1 IP, 1 ER, 15 H, 5 BB, 13 K

On Deck

The Braves face the Phillies from June 30-July 2, then travel to Washington to play the Nationals from July 3-5.