The star left fielder for the Atlanta Braves, Justin Upton has been all they could have hoped for over the first half of the season. Even though there have been little slumps along the way, he is looking so much better this season because he has been able to avoid the long slumps that he suffered through last season. Even though he came up short in the MLB All-Star Game final vote, Upton is finishing the first half with a flourish that proves he is playing at All-Star level.
As a whole the Braves are playing well but it would be easy to overlook the play of Upton over the last week. Whether it was the surge of support from the fans and players during the final vote or just the right time, Upton is finishing the first half in the best way that he could hope to. The only thing better might be to finish the first half the way his teammate Chris Johnson is finishing it. For Upton though, he should be very pleased as should the Braves.
They really do not need him to hit home runs all the time. What they need is for him to hit consistently to all fields and hit the ball hard. Even when he was getting outs instead of hits this past week, Upton knocked the cover off of the ball. Like all of the big hitters for the Braves, the home runs will come when they need to as long as he is hitting the ball like he is now. If the second half continues like the first half has, the Braves could be looking at a 35 home run, 100 RBI season from their left fielder.