Found August 08, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Justin Upton
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have been unstoppable over the past three weeks, as Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals gave the NL East leaders their fourth straight sweep and their thirteenth victory in a row. The Braves are just three more wins away from their longest winning streak since 2000, and it’s been all about the offense’s ability to score runs over this streak, as the team has outscored its opponents 77-31. Although several Braves can be commended for the offensive outburst, the one that has continued to turn heads is outfielder Justin Upton. Upton, who had a grand total of 4 HRs from May to July, has exploded in August, delivering 5 HRs along with 12 RBIs in the seven games that the team has played so far. As important as Justin’s return to being the home run hitter is for the Braves, it is nearly as crucial for older brother B.J. to continue the consistent hitting he has maintained in the last few weeks. Atlanta’s big offseason signee looks to finally be getting in the groove lately, as the twenty-nine year old has raised his batting average on the year in the last ten games from .173 to .198 via thirteen hits, which has given Braves fans everywhere that Bossman Junior may eventually pan out. Despite the majority of the team playing outstanding baseball, the team’s current weakspot sits squarely on the shoulders of second baseman Dan Uggla, who is 2-for-27 (.074 BA) with 9 strikeouts so far this month, leaving him on pace to end the season with a .190 average and a grand total 190 strikeouts. Uggla, who is known for his all-or-nothing mentality at the plate, may be tied for the team lead in homeruns with 21, but it is definitely providing a whole lot of nothing here lately, leading to much concern about what he will be able to provide this team come October. With the team’s “magic number” to clinch down to 33 with 47 games left in the regular season, it appears that it is just a matter of time before the Braves win the NL East, their first divisional title since 2005; that being said, the team needs to keep their foot on the gas in order to have a chance at the best record in the National League (Atlanta is currently tied with Pittsburgh at 70 wins). Next up for Atlanta is three series against struggling NL East opponents, as the Braves will take on the Marlins, the Phillies, and the Nationals at home, giving the Bravos a great chance to continue their winning streak on their way to their 17th divisional title in team history. Barring a choke of New York Mets-sized proportions the Braves will be playoff bound How long with the Braves’ winning streak last? Leave a comment and let your opinion be heard

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Your browser does not support iframes. Atlanta Braves reliever Luis Ayala did not appear in Wednesday night's game, but did make a great catch from the bullpen with his cap. Read more » Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.

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Braves reliever Luis Ayala made an impressive snag in the bullpen last night but he didn’t use his hands or his glove. Instead, Ayala caught teammate Justin Upton’s homer to left field with his hat, a feat thats harder that it looks. Understandably, Ayala was pretty pumped after he pulled it off. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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Braves get 13th straight victory

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