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Nate McLouth is now 8-19 (.421) with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI and only 1 SO since being called back up. Now what does McLouth's success say about the good of the hitting coach at Gwinnett and the bad of TP? :mellow:

I don't know, but I do know that:

1) I will always have my doubts about TP as a hitting coach

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2) If McLouth continues to be productive like this, we will have an everyday CF, he will be very helpful in the final weeks of the season, and we won't need ANOTHER new outfielder come this offseason (since we already have a big hole at LF...and Melky NEVER should start another game for us after this season).

He has been crushing the ball ever since being called up. What surprises me most is he is doing this after being utterly below average during his stint in Gwinett where he only hit .234 (30 Hits/just 7 of those XBH). He has been robbed of two homers in his few ABs since and has generally looked and played like a totally new player. ****, he even attempted to throw out a runner at home instead of his usual lazy toss back into the cutoff guy. It absolutely floored me. And just one, ONE, strikeout? That is the most impressive stat of all considering his near-AnKiel like propensity for striking out.

It's a very small sample size, but it sure looks promising. I hope he keeps it up--we will surely need him to add some punch to an otherwise lifeless bottom half of our lineup (sans the recent version of Gonzo).

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Nate McLouth is now 8-19 (.421) with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI and only 1 SO since being called back up. Now what does McLouth's success say about the good of the hitting coach at Gwinnett and the bad of TP? :mellow:

Yeah, sample size and all that. Nevertheless, McLouth looks so much more relaxed at the plate now that before his demotion. Hopefully he keeps it up.

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Nate McLouth is now 8-19 (.421) with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI and only 1 SO since being called back up. Now what does McLouth's success say about the good of the hitting coach at Gwinnett and the bad of TP? :mellow:

well everyone knows how I feel about TP, but to try and stay PC here I will just say that different hitters mesh with different types of coaches. Maybe our AAA coach was just a better fit for him and we are seeing the results

these guys have been hitting baseballs for years, the hitting coach has very little to do with it.

BS!!!!!!!!

Yeah, sample size and all that. Nevertheless, McLouth looks so much more relaxed at the plate now that before his demotion. Hopefully he keeps it up.

This is the biggest difference I have noticed too. He seems relaxed and his swing looks smooth. While I know he will not keep a .421 up I think he could regain his career avg and once again be the player he was in Pit which all any of us ever wanted when we got him.

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Jim Powell said on the radio tonight that Nate McLouth has said the person that has helped him the most in his turn around is Chipper Jones. He said that Chipper told Nate that his hands were too still and that he needed something to get his hands started a little sooner to catch up to pitches. He also told Nate to stop trying to hit the ball over the wall and trying to hit the ball through the wall to help him against upcutting so much. Powell said that Nate now has a very slight rock backwards as the pitch is being delivered to get his hands started quicker. Man Chipper would make an awesome hitting coach if he ever wanted to do that. He's easily the smartness hitter I've ever seen play. He's the Greg Maddux of hitters.

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