A Hot Emilio Bonifacio Would Be Huge for Atlanta Braves
The four-hit night that Emilio Bonifacio enjoyed for the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets could be a much bigger deal than just this one game. It is widely known that B.J. Upton is struggling mightily, having hit not even to the .120 mark for the month of August. Sadly, Bonifacio has not been playing all that much better until Thursday.
Early in the 2014 season, Bonifacio enjoyed an extremely hot period of time during April. He stayed over .400 for a while and finished the month with a .337 batting average. If this hot game and momentum he has now can carry over for a few weeks or the rest of the regular season, the Braves might have more than just an outside chance to win enough games to get themselves to the postseason.
Of course, this would lead to Upton being relegated to bench duties once again as the postseason approaches, but Fredi Gonzalez had to do something of that sort anyway. Almost anyone would be a better choice than a struggling Upton at this point. Bonifacio getting hot and playing center field would honestly be more important than the Braves having a hot September from Justin Upton.
It would fill a hole that the Braves have had most of this season and fills it at the most perfect time possible. To be certain and clear, Bonifacio is not a hitter who can usually carry a team on a hot streak. He has been a .279 hitter for his career in the month of September and October with a .698 OPS. We won’t go over B.J.’s numbers over the same span, but suffice to say, a hot Bonifacio should find himself in the lineup each and every game.
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