The start that Justin Upton got off to in the outfield and at the plate for the Atlanta Braves this year was unbelievable. You couldn’t ask for a better start to a career post-trade that his April. He got player of the month in the National League and might as well have been given an inside track on the MVP award right then. But as is usually the case with situations like this with the Braves, the slugger hit a slump. He has 15 homers and most of them came in the first month of the season. What is the problem with his swing?
There is a quick answer to that question. Nothing is wrong with his swing. Actually he is hitting a very nice .326 in his last ten games dating back to before the All-Star Break and before his calf injury. None of that has slowed him down as that .326 figure is strong in spite of the 0 for 4 he took on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. Why isn’t the big man hitting homers the way he did in April? I don’t have the foggiest idea but I know something else.
I would rather have an Upton that was hitting for a plus .300 average and driving in some runs than one that hit a ton of homers almost exclusively. The reason is that a run like Upton is on right now doesn’t usually end in a slump that lasts months at a time. Usually a run like this will eventually get home runs added to it and Upton could have a better last month or two, all-around, than his amazing April. I’ll take what he is doing now, plus about a homer per week over the first month any day.