After Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins the Atlanta Braves are now 7-1 and have won five games in a row. Some of that showcased their powerful offense but the last few games have shown the Braves in a different light. They are suddenly going through the first real offensive slump of the season. They have still scored a few runs but most of the hitting is being done by one or two guys.
Justin Upton continues to hit extremely well and Evan Gattis is stepping into the temporary leadoff role quickly and doing well. The list of guys that are not hitting well right now is a lot longer. Jason Heyward appears to be about to start getting things together. B.J. Upton is still struggling at the dish as well. While relying on the nightly Upton production won’t be a great plan all season long, the way the Braves are winning right now shows another facet to their team.
Even when being held to two or three runs per game they are getting into the win column the old fashioned Braves way; with pitching. From the start Sunday by Tim Hudson, the second time through the rotation has been lights out. Paul Maholm is unhittable almost and Kris Medlen looked more like his good stuff was working on Tuesday night
All total, the little mini offensive drought is showing that the Braves can find ways to win with guys hurt or not hitting well. Their pitching has stepped up in the offense’s downturn. That is a part of this team that was up in the air. Some seemed to think the pitching staff wouldn’t be too great while others thought it had as much potential as the Washington Nationals staff. Numbers are telling the story right now for the 7-1 Braves sitting on top of the division.