Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/23/12
Atlanta BravesHitters: A. The Braves team OPS has risen from .695 last year under old hitting coach Larry Parrish to .737 this year under brand new hitting coach Greg Walker. The major improvements include Michael Bourn, in a career year, posting an .815 OPS with three homers and 13 stolen bases, and Martin Prado, fully healthy this year and OPSing .864 behind Bourn at the top of the order. Chipper Jones has been an offensive force while healthy, with an .857 OPS and five homers in just 28 games. The only below average regular on offense is rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who has a .643 OPS primarily out of the eight-hole. Pitching: B-. Typically a huge strength for the Braves, their pitching staff this year has struggled outside of Brandon Beachy, who has a 1.77 ERA to stabilize the rotation. Beachy's strikeout rate is down 3.5 batters per nine innings this year though, as he's pitching more to contact. Tim Hudson has been his usual solid self in five starts (3.03 ERA), and Tom...
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