Unfortunately there is not an Andrelton Simmons to cover every position on the diamond for the Braves who made three costly errors and threw a wild pitch in the 14th inning to allow Curtis Granderson an opportunity that he made the most of. As of late it every time the ball is hit at Uggla you have to take a deep breath. Nonetheless, the Braves still won the series and have won five of their first six to start the season. This weekend TC was represented by Ben Duronio in the press box at Citi Field.
The money is definitely not getting to Freddie Freeman who has built a strong base for his MVP statement in the early going of the season. The 24-year old first baseman is third in the league in average (.397), is tied for the MLB lead in total bases (49) and leads the majors in slugging percentage (.721) and OPS (1.202). Everything he puts in play he hammers, as he has a .400 average on balls in play so far and continues to torment the Mets. In 59 career games against them he is batting .321 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI's. Chipper would be proud.
Chipper Jones made it very clear on twitter yesterday that he was ticked off about Carlos Gomez's antics, as he pimped what he thought to be a home run but turned into a triple. C.J. shot back at a Braves hater on twitter and said he had watched home runs before but never a triple.
Enjoy ur upcoming suspension hotdog!— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) April 20, 2014
JT will get the start at the TED on Monday night as the Braves return home for a weeklong home stand against the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds. While he has been quite sharp to start the 2014 campaign with a 2-1 record, 1.93 ERA, and .229 opponents batting average some still want to see more from him. As in speed that is. Teheran has been topping out at 91-93 mph with his fastball, but in Spring Training at times it was reaching 95 mph. Still if you can control right where you want your pitches it's okay if he does continue to throw low 90's.
Somebody hurry real quick and call Ripley's! B.J. Upton currently has a five game hit streak, his second in his career with the Braves, and he has hit safely in seven of his past eight games. His batting average is also .44 points higher than it was on 4/21 of last season, as he is right above the Mendoza line at .208. He also shares the team lead for stolen bases with four.
Carlos Gomez has still to this day not learned his lesson about flipping bats and not running after he at least thinks he's hit a home run. He did it again yesterday and was able to get the two dugouts to clear at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He needs to tone it down even though he says he felt he did nothing wrong. Keep telling that to yourself Mr. Gomez.
The two-time Cy Young winner is anxious to get back on the hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers and signs are pointing good for him to make a comeback in early May.