Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 6/18/13
Heading into the season, there was much hand-wringing over the fact that the Braves would strike out at an alarmingly brisk pace. So far, they have, racking up 615 Ks, good enough for second most in baseball, behind only the Astros. The flip side of that coin, however, is that they’ve hit 91 home runs, also good for second most in baseball, behind the Orioles. The Braves have ridden this boom or bust style to a 7.5 game lead in the NL East, and are the only team in the division over .500. There is a slightly glaring issue with the lineup, however, and it has to do with the guy at the top of the order. After the offseason departure of Michael Bourn and the subsequent retooling of the roster that made all of those round trippers possible, young shortstop Andrelton Simmons was tabbed as the heir to the leadoff spot. While Simmons is no doubt a defensive whiz, his struggles at the plate continually put the team in difficult situations. After starting the year with three hits in his first nine at bats, Simmons’ season on base percentage wouldn’t top .300 through consecutive games until May 6 through [...]
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