Justin Upton’s Hot August
The Braves avoided a sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, securing the best record in the MLB for another day. Currently 78 and 52, Atlanta owns a 13-game lead on the Nationals in the NL East. If the Braves continue on this path, it would be their first division crown since 2005. Justin Upton is a large reason for the Braves’ league-wide success this season. This season Upton is hitting .264/.358/.481 with 119 hits, 22 doubles, 24 home runs and 64 RBI’s. The Braves’ power-hitting right fielder has characteristically enjoyed hitting in the dog days of summer and the torrid August heat averaging .280/.347/.482 with 22 home runs, 29 doubles and 71 RBI’s in 139 career August games. This month Upton has upped the ante with a batting line of .301/.400/.685 and four doubles, eight home runs and 16 RBI’s in 19 games – the Braves have gone 13 and 6.
The Braves end August with three games against a second-place Cleveland Indians team and two versus the last-place Florida Marlins. It’s possible the Braves won’t face another team above .500 until the playoffs start with a September series against the Mets, Phillies, Padres, Cubs, Nationals and Brewers (the Nationals are currently .500). In addition to Upton’s successful August, the Braves have benefited from his spectacular numbers against left-handed pitching this season. With 107 at-bats against lefties Upton has a .280/.439/.617 batting line with six doubles, 10 home runs and 22 RBI’s plus 31 walks. His 31 walks are the most in the MLB versus lefties. A .617 slugging percentage with a minimum of 100 at-bats is third best in the MLB and 10 home runs against lefties is tied for third in the majors.
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