The Atlanta Braves have been a very streaky team so far this season after starting the season winning and finding themselves streaking in the opposite direction from week to week. Much of the early success has been thanks to the Braves’ powerful bats this season and pitching from veterans like Tim Hudson and newer faces like Mike Minor and Paul Maholm.
The Braves are 15-14 this season away from Turner Field, and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Braves will be without B.J. Upton as he will be working on his swing, and Jordan Schafer will be in his place at center field. Schafer should not be considered a step down as he has had a great year so far batting .304 and with a .429 On Base Percentage (OBP).
The Braves still have the lead in the NL East division, and they are 5.0 games ahead of the pre-season favorite Washington Nationals.
The Braves have been blessed this year with two phenomenal catchers, Brian McCann and cult hero Evan Gattis. Over the last seven games McCann has a .462 BA and a .462 OBP while Gattis has a .375 BA and he has driven in seven runs while in mostly batting clean up.
The Toronto Blue Jays‘ leading hitter right now is Jose Bautista, and he has been absolutely on fire. He has hit .500 over the last seven games which includes 14 hits on 28 at-bats. He will have to keep it up for The Blue Jays to have a chance against Hudson and the Braves, especially if the Braves’ bats get hot.