Ladies and gentlemen, Justin Upton has arrived for the Atlanta Braves. After getting off to a slow start to begin the season, Upton delivered a monster performance with his bat against the New York Mets to officially declare an end to his struggles. Unfortunately, his great effort at the plate wasn’t enough to put the Braves over the top as the Mets ended up winning by a final score of 6-4.
Despite not coming out with a win, Atlanta fans have to be excited about Upton going forward. His huge night could possibly mean that the young outfielder is ready to turn the corner and forget about his rough beginning to the season, which is great news for the whole organization. Entering this contest, he had not managed to record a single home run or RBI, but that changed with two swings of the bat. Upton crushed two home runs over the wall and recorded his first three RBIs to finish a promising outing.
If Upton is able to perform at a high level this year with his bat like he showed against the Mets, the Braves have the potential to do something special in 2014. It might be way too early in the season to make this call, but I seriously believe that this Atlanta team could win the World Series.
The biggest question mark heading into this year was about the pitching staff due to all the injuries, and they have been tearing it up so far. Starting pitcher David Hale struggled against New York tonight, but besides this one poor outing on the mound, everyone else on the starting rotation has looked fantastic. Ervin Santana might potentially be in the NL Cy Young race, and the supposed ace of the staff, Mike Minor, has not even returned yet.
However, what should really make the Braves dangerous in the postseason is their hitting. With a batting order consisting of Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis to go alongside the potential of Upton this year, Atlanta has arguably one of the best lineups in the league. Put this in combination with the Braves’ dominant pitching so far, and this team will be scary come October.