Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/29/14
The Atlanta Braves are not necessarily in trouble after the team’s series with the Colorado Rockies ended with a disappointing 6-5 loss in twelve innings, but the team’s 4-5 record over the past three series with the Royals, Pirates, and Rockies definitely let the players and fans alike know that they are not unstoppable by any means. One of the biggest problems that plagued Atlanta over the last nine games came from their offense’s inability to avoid the dreaded “K”. The past three series saw the team’s hitters strike out a grand total of 81 times, which seems to go be unnoticed when the team puts up gaudy run totals, like Wednesday’s 10-2 victory over Colorado, but serves as an attention-grabber when the loss is unbelievably discouraging, like last Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. The Braves will have to find a way to at least make contact in their at-bats as the season progresses, or else some the top pitching staffs in the National League will go through them like a hot knife through butter. As if the inconsistency of the hitters was not a large enough problem for the Braves, several of the big bats for the team have come up with notable ailments over the past few days. One of the major scares for the team came Monday night following the cancellation of the opening game of the three-game series against the Rockies, as right fielder Jason Heyward was sent to the hospital in need of an appendectomy. The injury has left Heyward, who is hitting .121 with 7 hits and 12 strikeouts so far this season, on the 15-day disabled list. The Braves will have to find a way to win without Heyward for the next two weeks Another Brave that has been battling injuries is second baseman Dan Uggla, whose calf injury over the last three games is concerning for manager Fredi Gonzalez and the rest of the club. Although the injury does not appear to be serious, this may be a perfect time for Gonzalez to sit Uggla, who holds a disappointing .167 batting average with 4 home runs and 23 strikeouts, for a spell, giving him the chance to recover and possibly figure out how to make his unusual batting stance produce a few more knocks. Atlanta is about to have its first real test of the season starting on Friday, when the team starts its first of twenty consecutive days with a game. Included in these twenty games is matchups with some of the most talented teams in Major League Baseball, which sees the Braves take on four of the six division winners from 2012 in the Tigers, Nationals, Reds, and Giants. If the team is able to go toe-to-toe with these opponents and post a .500 record or better over this string of games, it would be a safe assumption that the Braves have made progress and will probably continue to do so as the year goes along; if the team struggles and sees the home run well run dry, it would be obvious that the team has a long way to go if they plan on making some noise in October. The good news about the upcoming games for the Braves? They aren’t scheduled to face this guy Stat of the Week: 0-6. Atlanta holds a 0-6 mark when the offense fails to hit a home run. Meanwhile, the team is 15-0 when at least one ball has left the yard.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter


Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.