The start that Justin Upton got off to this year made it clear that the Atlanta Braves made a great move in bringing him in during the off-season. Let’s just get that out of the way. No matter how much he struggled over the second and third months of the season, it was a great move period. Honestly though he has struggled quite a bit after his strong start. I don’t think any more people expected him to struggle to that level than expected him to start off so incredibly good. Now as the season readies to turn to the second half, Upton is beginning to regain his power stroke.
Looking at his average numbers over the last ten games doesn’t really tell the story. He is still under .200 over his last ten games but you must look passed that to see the truth. He has hit safely in five of his last six games for the Braves. Over that time he has 8 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBI to his credit. Even his outs of late are doing some good and show that he is getting his stroke together.
I don’t think he will really hit a stretch like he did earlier in the season but what he will probably do is achieve something of a more normal pace. Not on fire and not too cold either. While he is doing that his brother B.J. Upton is still slowly coming around and Jason Heyward is really turning it up. It could be that before the end of the season all three will be hitting pretty well. Whether that happens or not though, Justin Upton will certainly begin to have some success soon as long as the all-star break doesn’t break his momentum too badly.