Hinske gets his first outfield start of the year
Putting Eric Hinske isn’t going to solve the enormous problems the Braves have experienced at the plate this year. But with the Phillies starting right-hander Joe Blanton this afternoon, Bobby Cox is throwing Hinske out there for the first time this year.
Instead of giving Matt Diaz a chance to break out of his funk, Cox is going to play the matchup provided by the left-handed Hinske, who has hit .280 with a .773 OPS against right-handers this season.
Diaz has hit .182 against righties and just .179 against those lefties that he has feasted on throughout his career.
Heading to the clubhouse to gather some news.
Braves lineup vs. Phils 5/8