During the opening game of the Atlanta Braves‘ series with the New York Mets, B.J. Upton went two for four with one walk and one run scored. That is significant for more than one reason. He now has a seven game hitting streak and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. For the road that Upton has been on for the last year, that matters a great deal for the Braves.
It is more than just another hitting streak for a struggling hitter. Upton has been in the leadoff spot for that period of time. He has the speed to pull off the leadoff spot and can make things happen when he gets on base. Though a lot of this hitting streak has been only one hit, he has walked several times and scored several runs along the way. Does that mean that Upton is the answer in the leadoff spot?
It might not mean that for any other team in MLB but it could well mean that for the Braves. They do not have a specific leadoff man so Upton is a great man for that job. He doesn’t have to get three hits each game and hit over .300 either. It isn’t like there are a bag full of guys waiting to do the job after all. The best news of all is that Upton is contributing. No one is going to put him on the all-star team but the Braves can settle for a solid contribution from him from this point on.