May 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Rankings In April

 

The Braves had an adventuresome opening month of April.  They leave the month with the best record in the National League and the second best in the entire MLB (behind the Boston Redsox) but had a 30 day roller coaster ride.  Atlanta started off the season the a 12-1 record, their best start to a season in franchise history but since then cooled off in April going 5-8 to close out the month.

During the month we saw the Evan Gattis story explode through the baseball world, Justin Upton have an MVP type month, Jason Heyward slumping and eventually going on the DL, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla struggling to find their groove and Brian McCann still rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery.  We also saw ups and downs from our pitching staff….this is expected with the first month of the season tho.

Below are a few rankings that I put together from  the opening month on the 2013 season.  A few stats will probably surprise you as much as they did to me…

Hitting 

April 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Runs – #18

Hits – #24

Doubles – #19

Triples – #30

Home Runs – Tied #1 (NY Yankees)

RBI’s – #17

Batting Average – #23

On Base Percentage – #16

Strikeouts – #2

Walks – #8

Stolen Bases – #14

Ground Ball Outs – #27

Fly Ball Outs – #23

 

Pitching

Wins – Tied #2 (NY Yankees and Texas)

Losses – #29

Earned Runs – Tied #1 (St. Louis)

Saves – #6

Walks – #26

Strikeouts – #25

Opponents On Base Percentage – #2

Hits – #22

Doubles – #28

Triples – #7

Home Runs – #27

 

 

 

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