It’s never good to have one of your most powerful hitters on the bench if your team is struggling to score runs. Yet, for the Atlanta Braves, the dizzy spell that has kept Justin Upton out of his second straight game since he left a game earlier this week may be a saving grace for him as the season goes on.
Even though Upton has had seasons where he has played 159 and 150 games, it isn’t weird to see him go through small injuries and miss quite a few games over the course of a season. However, in a season in which he only played 138 games, he had one of the best seasons of his career, totaling 26 home runs, 86 RBI and he hit .300 for the only time in his career. While he is known for those power numbers, the .300 average is something that the Braves would welcome with arms wide open.
With this break that he is getting, I think it’ll be a good thing for Upton. Not only is he recovering from whatever was ailing him, but he is also getting a few days off to nurse his hamstring that has been bothersome since the Colorado Rockies series just over a week ago. While getting good and healthy, Upton should be able to come back into the lineup with a fresh bat and do some damage for the Braves as they attempt to stave off the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins for the lead in the NL East.