By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on May 2, 2014
Any time a team that has been one of the best teams in MLB like the Atlanta Braves gets swept by a team that has struggled like the Miami Marlins, it is a big story. The Braves certainly have quite a few things they can look to improve upon after this past sweep but even in this situation all is not negative. Here are 5 positive things that the Braves can take away from the series in Miami.
Johnson's average has not been near what it was this time last season so far but it is on the rise of late, little by little. A multi hit game here and there helps a lot and he had that in Miami against the Marlins. That is a good sign for sure.
It might not seem to matter right now because they lost the game but Gattis once again came through with a big home run against a good pitcher to give the Braves the lead in the later part of a game. This time the Bullpen couldn't hold the lead but more times than not they will. Plus, the 'pen not holding it doesn't take the big hit away from the big guy.
One starter getting demolished in Miami was bad enough but when it happened two nights in a row everyone started whispering to one another wondering what in the world was going on. Luckily the great signing of Santana proved a great move again as he stopped the negative outings streak. It might not have been his best but he gave the Braves their chance to win which is his job. At least he didn't give up 9 runs.
Upton is never going to be a regular .300 hitter because he never has been but last season was ridiculous. This year he is proving that he is better than that with what has been a much better start. He is also on the rise a bit of late. The big three-run bomb off of the Marlins on Thursday is a very good sign going forward.
Sure there were hiccups here and there and one of them decided the game but they still gave up very few runs over the three games. The offense has to pick the 'pen up when they have a huge chance or two late in a game like in the third game of the series. Either way this bullpen continues to be the best and they proved why even in the course of the team getting swept.
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