The Braves secured a series win against the Marlins with a back-and-forth 6-4 win in Miami Tuesday night. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Justin Upton's bandwagon is re-issuing admission tickets
It was rather surreal this past Saturday when Bryce Harper, the Nationals phenom who missed 36 straight games due to injury before returning on July 1 (in grand style), edged out Upton on the National League All-Star roster via fan voting. Sure, Harper's numbers are better; no question there. But simply watching it happen -- the league's April MVP simply fall out of the All-Star process completely in just a few months -- was strange.
Perhaps it lit a fire under the younger Upton brother, as cliche as that may sound.
The Braves' left fielder was already beginning to come around at the plate toward the end of June, but his hitting numbers this month are starting to approach his early-season averages -- especially after going yard for the first time since June 12 in San Diego....