Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
The Atlanta Braves finished off a string of six consecutive series without a day off on Wednesday, getting swept by the 32-34 San Diego Padres to end this set of games with an 11-9 record. Although this record—which included a five game winning streak—may not be very impressive, the team has been able to maintain a comfortable lead in the NL East, as they currently hold a 5.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals. This past few sets of games have seen several key Braves hitters begin to come around in the batter’s box, which undoubtedly has everyone in Braves Country excited about what is yet to come. The main player that has been impressive over and over again is right fielder Jason Heyward, who has overcame a slow start and an appendectomy to really turn it on in June, hitting .370 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs through twelve games this month (Heyward held a .146 average after May 31st; his average now sits at .215). Although his numbers are not quite as impressive as Heyward’s, big free agent acquisition B.J. Upton has begun to show some potential at the plate, knocking in 2 home runs (including a game-tying home run against the Pirates on June 4th) along with 4 RBIs in June. While Bossman Junior has started to string along some hits here and there in the past two weeks, strikeouts are still too prevalent a part of his offense, as the elder Upton has 10 strikeouts over that same period of time. While Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton as well as Dan Uggla (a .305 average with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in the last week) appeared to have turned the corner in their game, the Braves may soon have trouble with left fielder Justin Upton, whose hot start in the spring has been followed with a mediocre summer. The main problem with Upton at this particular point in time is both a power outage (12 HRs in April compared to just 2 HRs in May) and an alarming increase in strikeouts, as the twenty-five year old has had at least two strikeouts in 9 of his last 17 games. It’s not at the point where Braves general manager Frank Wren should be tossing and turning at night worrying about the former first round pick of the 2005 MLB Draft, but it is definitely something that everyone needs to keep their eye on. The next three series for the Braves put the team up against teams that appear very beatable on paper, as Atlanta faces a Giants team at home that has seen their starting rotation struggle mightily, a Mets team on the road that at this point has won two of their last ten games, and a Brewers team on the road that sits at 23rd in baseball in run differential at -39. Look for the Bravos to pad their division lead in the span of the next eleven games. Maybe next year, Mr. Met (Okay, probably not)  

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker