Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 7/9/12
The Weekend Takeaway On Thursday, Ben Lindbergh picked three players to rise and three to fall during the second half of the schedule, based on BABIPs, past performances, and expectations. One of his three risers was Brian McCann—and, right on cue, the Braves catcher has hit a home run in each of the team’s last four games. Thanks in part to McCann’s efforts, the Braves enter this week on a four-game winning streak with things looking up for the second half. Fredi Gonzalez’s team is 46-39 at the break, four games behind the division-leading Nationals, and currently penciled in as the second Wild Card. That puts the Braves on an 88-win pace, but a hot summer from McCann would help them exceed it. A week ago, McCann had a lowly 671 OPS, leaving fans wondering if he was playing through an injury. The 28-year-old has not finished a year with an OPS below 800 since 2007, when he was just 23 years old and nonetheless checked in at 772, so even his current 731 mark leaves plenty of ...
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