Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 4/26/12
By Andrew Hirsh With Tim Hudson on the disabled list and Jair Jurrjens pitching poorly enough to earn a demotion to Triple A Gwinnett, the lack of production from the Braves’ two most valuable starters could have spelled trouble in the early portion of the 2012 schedule. But here we are, 19 games into the season, and Atlanta finds itself near the top of the National League standings. In addition to the strong offense exhibited over the past several weeks, the dominance of Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor have been among the biggest contributors to the Braves’ recent success, giving Fredi Gonzalez the quality pitching necessary to preserve a winning record thus far. Beachy has been fantastic since his 2012 debut, maintaining an ERA slightly above 1.00 through his first four starts and going 2-1 in the process. His overall game has developed quite a bit since last October, and his maturity—particularly his mental maturity—has been palpable of late. After averaging an eye-popping 10.7 K/9...
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