ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones understands why he batted second in six of the Braves' past eight games. But the veteran third baseman remains hopeful to return to a run-producing spot in the lineup before this season concludes.
"I understand why [Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez] is doing what he is doing with the lineup right now," Jones said. "He's trying to get the best on-base percentage guys at the top. But once guys who ordinarily hit at the top of the lineup start hitting again ... The bottom line is I'm not a table-setter. I'm not a guy who is going to go up and see six or seven pitches."
Gonzalez's decision to move Jones to the second spot of the lineup for the first time since 1996 was made last week, as Martin Prado continued to struggle to serve as the table-setter the Braves envisioned he would be in the two-hole.
Prado has batted .242 with a .283 on-base percentage since returning after the All-Star break from a one-month absence necessitated by a staph infection. Prado's struggles seemed to increase after the Braves acquired Michael Bourn and put him in the leadoff spot.
With Bourn serving as a constant stolen-base threat, Prado seemed to be tentative to swing at some pitches early in the count when Bourn was on first base.
"Hopefully when Prado gets going again, he's back there, because he's ultimately the prototypical No. 2 hitter," Jones said.