B.J. Upton goes 4-for-6, helps Braves walk off against the Marlins
After a hot streak to begin the month of August, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton had fallen into another slump again, hitting just .100 in his last 44 plate appearances entering tonight’s game against the Marlins. Upton was on fire all night against Marlins starter Jacob Turner and the bullpen, though, knocking four hits including a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning and a walk-off RBI single off of reliever Ryan Webb in the 11th.
Video - B.J. delivers walk-off hit
Courtesy – MLB.com
Stellar in August, Wood opens new month vs. Fish
Rook had 0.90 ERA in month; Braves try to extend streak vs. Eovaldi
As the Braves prepare to flip the calendar on Sunday, rookie left-hander Alex Wood can only hope the coming month yields the type of results that he produced throughout the entire month of August.
In his first full month as a big league starter, the 22-year-old lefty went 2-0 with a microscopic 0.90 ERA over five August starts. His ERA was the lowest among all Major League starters with at least 30 innings pitched for the month.
Now, Wood will be tasked with leading the Braves into September as he toes the rubber in Sunday’s series finale against the Marlins. Atlanta enters the final month of the regular season carrying a six-game winning streak and a 15-game lead in the National League East. The Braves’ magic number to clinch the division is 13.
Why B.J. Upton Never Became One of MLB’s Great Hitters
Looking at Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton today, it is hard to see what made him one of the top prospects in all of baseball in the early 2000s. Yet that is the beauty, and tragedy, of scouting Major League Baseball players.
Coming out of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Virginia, Upton was drafted as a shortstop with the second overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays two months before his 18th birthday. He debuted in 2004 at the age of 19, playing 45 games before getting called up for good at the end of the 2006 season.
Upton, who just turned 29 and signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Braves last offseason, has been a disaster in 2013. He is hitting a paltry .183/.265/.291 in 103 games and has basically been relegated to pinch-hit and defensive-replacement duty for one of the best teams in baseball.
STOP THE PRICE HIKE ATLANTA BRAVES SPRING TRAINING SEASON TICKETS
top The lower priced (lawn) Spring training season tickets are going from 180 to 342. This is a 90Percent increase. What can we do to stop this? The other option is to move under neath the pennants on the berm and they are 216 so a 20% increase and a worse view. You are gettin not additional perks or benefits….you only get higher prices and less service. We need to sound off on this loud and clear we won’t take this laying down. I was told by Disney….at least we didn’t go up last year!….how is that supposed to help?
[Editorial Note: I used to go to Spring training often, but haven't been in a few years now. I see now that I won't be going for awhile if this upturn in $$ continues! Had no idea of the price hike until I saw this post. Must verify! Must verify! Thanks for reading our Morning Chop]