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Stadium: Turner Field | Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
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They've really gotta get more out of Mike Minor moving forward, one would think.
Their September schedule includes six against the Phillies, three against the Marlins, three against the Mets and three against the Rangers.
The only thing I'd say about the hot streak with B.J. Upton moving to leadoff -- well, before these three straight losses to bad teams -- is that it shows how overrated lineup construction can be in small samples. Methinks Fredi would be well served to transition him lower in the order sooner rather than later.
The rest of their schedule until the All-Star break shows Mets (five more games), Diamondbacks (three) and Cubs (three). After the break, they have an 11-game homestand against the Phillies, Marlins and Padres. That's a pretty great chance for a season-altering string of winning baseball.
I see very little reason for excitement. Honestly, I have trouble seeing them finishing better than .500.
Evan Gattis is having a better season than Brian McCann, and it's not particularly close.
You know when you're having fun on the final day of vacation but in the back of your mind also lamenting how much it's going to suck to leave the next day? I feel like that's how the Braves' offensive players will view the calendar before leaving Coors Field and the Rockies' pitching.
Evan Gattis, with even average plate discipline, would be a top 10 hitter in MLB.
It's easy to forget that Justin Upton is still only 26. Career year? It's possible. He may just be getting to his prime, which is scary.
No, I don't trust them "top-five" much, but we covered this last week. The ranking is more about a lack of great options.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJustin Upton , LF.287
HRJustin Upton , LF18
RBIJustin Upton , LF57
OBPFreddie Freeman , 1B.372
SLGJustin Upton , LF.510
RFreddie Freeman , 1B66
SBB.J. Upton , CF15
WJulio Teheran , SP9
ERAJulio Teheran , SP2.64
WHIPJulio Teheran , SP1.03
KJulio Teheran , SP127
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP30
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