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Braves' McLouth looking a bit overrated

Updated: April 7, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I'm not surprised to have received quite a few e-mails about struggling players after the first couple days of baseball (such as Josh Beckett, Alfonso Soriano, Jason Frasor), but it seems that no matter how much we preach patience, people will believe what they want and act accordingly. Beckett must stink now after the Yankees teed off on him. (No, he doesn't.) Soriano went 0-for-4 Monday. He's toast. (Maybe this season, but not yet.) And Frasor blew a save, so get that arm ready, Kevin Gregg! (It's a bit premature.)

The truth is you've got to give it just a bit more time than one or two days. How about a month? However, I will admit that there are certain players who struggled in spring training, and might have been overrated because of last season in the first place, so I view them differently. So, in advance of my standard Wednesday chat session, scheduled for 3 p.m. ET, let's tackle a question about one of those players I am a bit concerned about.

Bernhard (New York): "Eric, I was a bit surprised that in your Tuesday blog about National League players and early lineup positions you didn't mention Nate McLouth hitting eighth for the Atlanta Braves. I drafted McLouth hoping for a 20/20 season, and while I realize you'll probably tell me this is still possible, isn't it odd to see someone so talented batting one spot ahead of the pitcher?"

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