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The Braves put themselves back on the right track with a 6-4 win over the Pirates Thursday night Here are three observations from the game:
1. Justin Upton is baseball's Energizer bunny this month
He just keeps going and going and going and going
Both Upton brothers Justin and B.J. sent baseball flying out of PNC Park Thursday night, but it was Justin who stole the show, much as he has the entire early portion of the 2013 season. It was the 25-year-old's ninth home run of the season. That leads the majors. That's also two more home runs than the next closest guy.
To save some significant copy on this matter, there are a few statistical highlights to mention before simply resigning to the fact that the Braves got the better end of their offseason transaction with the Diamondbacks (not to mention Chris Johnson, who is toting an MLB-best .438 batting average) and chalking it up as just another day in the life of the hottest April hitter in baseball. Let's see here...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Atlanta Braves made a series of power moves in the off-season and they are paying off.
The headlines stated early that Justin Upton and his brother BJ would make a huge difference for the club both in the outfield and at the plate.
The team is riding a 10-game winning streak that is its longest since they won 15 straight in the spring of 2000.
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Thursday’s game for the Atlanta Braves was full of plays that have made up the team’s season almost a month into the game: timely hits, a quality outing from the pitching staff, and balls flying out of the ballpark to help the Braves secure another victory, this one over the Pittsburgh Pirates by the final score of 6-4. Along with home runs from the Uptons and Chris Johnson came...
The Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to get rid of Justin Upton in the worst way. He simply did not fit into Kirk Gibson and the front office's philosophy of gritty guys digging deep for wins. The Diamondbacks wanted gamers. They wanted guys with dirty uniforms and so on and so forth. We can all make fun of those ideals if we want. Most of us know that it is talent and performance...
When the Braves traded for Justin Upton the Diamondbacks fans were not sorry to see him go. He didn't suck (D-backs fans may say differently, but his numbers are okay), but he just wasn't the player they thought he was going to be (I'm assuming).
Like he has been for Atlanta.
Playing with his brother seems to be agreeing with Justin, because since he has joined...
Justin Upton loves playing for a team with so many sluggers.
Now in his third week with the Atlanta Braves, Upton looks around the clubhouse and sees a solid starting rotation, a dependable bullpen and power -- lots and lots of power.
''It's fun when you can do that,'' Upton said. ''But our goal is to go out and play good baseball every night, pitch...
Wilson Ramos and Justin Upton tie for the best homer pimp of the week.
Evan Gattis’ first MLB hit, homer, and bat flip
So yeah … that happened.
Anthony Rizzo came close to hitting it into the water…
…Carlos Gonzalez did.
With the Tomahawk Chop alive and well in Turner Field, a few readers have ridiculed my ominous forecast for the Atlanta outfield in our annual fantasy baseball predictions piece. Certainly Justin Upton's impersonation of Roy Hobbs (.333 average, eight homers, 12 RBI) isn't helping the cause. As I wrote in the preview, why was Arizona so keen on giving up a 25-year-old who...
ATLANTA When taking a cross-country glance at the Diamondbacks, it is tough to feel sorry for the organization. The team is 9-6 and has scored the ninth-most runs (75) in baseball entering Friday's games, even more than the Braves.
But still, when looking at what the organization gave up to Atlanta this past offseason outfielder Justin Upton and Chris Johnson it's also...
The Evan Gattis story just keeps getting better.
So do the Atlanta Braves.
The rookie catcher hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
Gattis turned on a sinker from Pittsburgh reliever Jared Hughes (1-1) and drilled it down the line to continue his remarkable emergence.
''I was a little surprised...
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses Atlanta’s Evan Gattis and his eighth inning pinch-hit home run.
Pedro Alvarez speaks to the media about his fourth inning home run, his first of the 2013 season.
The Atlanta Braves returned home for a quick two-game stand with the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta is the hottest team in baseball right now and the win streak has now hit 10 straight for the Braves with a 6-3 victory. While pitching has been a major reason that the Braves hold the best record in baseball, the offense opened up on Tuesday night as Atlanta belted five solo home runs...
The Atlanta Braves are 11-1. They just swept the Nationals and won 9-0 last night. Justin Upton is hitting .340 with 7 home runs. Chris Johnson, Paul Maholm, and Jayson Heyward are hot all while Freddie Freeman is on the DL.
“It’s early,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I don’t think we’re going to play .998 baseball the rest of the way, but it sure is better than 1-11...
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has been a MLB executive for 16 years.
As the San Diego Padres GM, Towers oversaw four division champions and a trip to the World Series. During his first two years in Arizona, the D-Backs won a surprising division title after losing 97 games the previous season.
Some might take issue with this, but it seems safe to say...
The Atlanta Braves came into the 2013 season with big expectations
Atlanta Braves position players who were added to the roster before the 2013 season have keyed the offense. Returning Braves players…not so much.
The new Braves include left fielder Justin Upton (.328 average, 9 home runs, 13 runs batted in) third baseman / first baseman Chris Johnson (MLB leading .438 average...
They Hit The Ball Real Hard
Tonight in Atlanta, the Braves won their 10th straight game with a late power barrage -- Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla -- to move to 12-1. Their only loss this year was to Cliff Lee; they've beaten everyone else they've faced. And the thing about hot starts like this is that they frequently speak to a team that really is at a different...