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The Upton Hot Start

Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton had a spectacular first month of 2014.  In April he slugged .641 and reached base 4-of-10 times he came to the plate.  To boot, Upton is the current NL leader in home runs with 8.

You may already know that this is Justin Upton’s second best April of his career.  Last season, his first with the Braves, he hit 12 home runs with a .734 SLG.

For whatever reason Upton has historically been better in the spring than the fall.  But if he can buck the trend in 2014 he should easily best his career high of 31 home runs he smashed in 2011.

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The company of B.J. Upton

Major League Baseball GM’s had only a short while this off-season to salivate at the idea of “Peak Upton” as B.J. Upton has just signed a nice, fat deal with the Braves.  Atlanta will have the center fielder under contract through age 33.

Here is the grand list of 27 year old’s with 100 homers & 200 steals in the history of ball & base:

Rk             Player  HR  SB   Age    G  BB   SO  CS
1         Barry  Bonds 176 251 21-27 1010 611  590  72
2         Bobby  Bonds 165 222 22-27  864 405  882  52
3          Eric  Davis 142 212 22-27  640 316  561  32
4        Cesar  Cedeno 142 397 19-27 1161 380  580 114
5      Hanley  Ramirez 134 216 21-27  852 369  607  69
6        Lloyd  Moseby 128 200 20-27 1129 421  821  71
7          B.J.  Upton 114 231 19-27  954 427 1008  69
8    Rickey  Henderson 103 660 20-27 1087 708  562 166

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

That’s more power than Rickey Henderson and more speed than Bobby Bonds…..

Braves fans can drool over themselves.

is Craig Kimbrel the second coming? #CYYoung

55%.  55%.  55%.

That’s Craig Kimbrel‘s strikeout rate over his last 30 games of the 2012 season.  109 batters faced 60 down on strikes.

BTW: his K rate vs. lefties and righties is exactly the same in 2012…

50%!

Is Jayson Stark right, does Kimbrel deserve to be the NL Cy Young winner?  Do you prefer the choices of the staff at Baseball Prospectus when they have Kimbrel 6th on their NL ballot?

another Braves starter throwing bee bees

Split      W L  ERA GS   IP  R HR BB SO  BF SO/BB
1st Half   5 6 5.97 16 92.0 67 19 40 78 397  1.95
2nd Half   6 4 2.16 14 87.1 21  7 16 67 331  4.19

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Mike Minor‘s newly found pinpoint control has earned him a spot on the 2nd half NL All-Star team.  If he keeps his walk rate in the 5% range the Braves youngster will find his way onto many more All-Star squads.