Michael Bourn is doing exactly what the Braves hoped and certainly thought -- he would. He's hitting and darting and dashing and tracking down everything hit in Atlanta's 404 area code.
Bourn is the Braves' first true leadoff hitter in seven years and their best center fielder since Andruw Jones waved goodbye to Atlanta in 2007. And he's playing like it.
In large part because of Bourn's ability to reach first and his god-given gift of moving swiftly to second, third and then home, the Braves entered Saturday leading the National League in runs. When he started hitting, the Braves started scoring, and more important, winning.
Bourn has hit in 13 of the past 15 games, an ultra productive streak that has raised his average from .125 on April 11 to its current .326. He banged out two more singles in four at-bats on Saturday to make him 25 for his past 60, a .417 average over that stretch. He's reached base in 24 of past 43 plate appearances.
And with Bourn doing what he does best ...