Why bringing Matt Diaz back was a good move by the Braves
Matt Diaz is coming back to the Atlanta Braves, and as a Braves fan I couldn’t be happier to have Diaz back. He was without question one of the fan favorites, and he was very productive with the Braves. He will definitely help the Braves in their quest to reach the postseason. The Braves have not hit left handed pitchers very well at all this season, they have an atrocious .227 batting average against left handers, and we only have one month left in the regular season. Matt Diaz has always hit good against left handed pitchers, and that will be a welcoming sight to see for manager Fredi Gonzalez as hopefully this will be the start for his Braves hitting better against lefties.
As I mentioned before Matt Diaz was among the most popular Braves when he was there, and it definitely will continue when he arrives. The Braves have not made any major overhauls with the roster, so everybody pretty much knows Diaz and he can already feel comfortable once in the Braves dugout. Chemistry is always the most important part in a team dugout, and Diaz bring just that. He is a professional, and he brings a positive attitude every day.
The Braves already have good power bats off the bench with Eric Hinske and Brooks Conrad; now with the addition of Diaz the Braves bench will be even better, because they have the combination of a switch hitter, left handed and right handed bat with Conrad, Hinske, and Diaz respectively. You can make the case that Diaz is better as a pinch hitter rather than an everyday starter as he has had his moments of clutch hits with the Braves. I look for that to continue. With the addition of Diaz the Braves also get a player that can play everyday if you need him to. He plays the corner outfield positions so he can give Martin Prado and Jason Heyward a rest, and you wouldn’t lose much offensively as he has decent power.
By: Steven Virden
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