Braves’ current record: 50-41 (2nd in NL East, 3.5 games behind Washington Nationals)
July 13: Won 7-5 vs. New York Mets
July 14: Won 8-7 vs. New York Mets
July 15: Won 6-1 vs. New York Mets
July 17: Lost 9-0 vs. San Francisco Giants
July 18: Lost 9-4 vs. San Francisco Giants (11 innings)
July 19: Won 3-2 vs. San Francisco Giants
There’s no reason to sugar-coat it: Dan Uggla’s bat has taken a turn for the awful, and it’s hurting the Braves’ offense. He has three hits since Independence Day, and his batting average has fallen from .265 to .216 since June 12. After batting .160 in June, Uggla has batted .103 in July.
It’s forcing the other hitters to pick up the massive slack left behind by one of their best power hitters, and it’s leaving the offense consistently inconsistent, as you would imagine.
Also worth noting is the drop in batting average by Martin Prado since July 4 — from .325 to .309.
Jair Jurrjens got shelled in the one throwaway game of the week when the Giants blew the doors off the Braves Tuesday night. It was hideous — Jurrjens allowed eight runs on eight hits in just 3.1 innings — but hopefully, it was just a blip on the radar.
For every bad, there was a good. Ben Sheets made his first big-league start in years and earned a victory Sunday against the Mets. In six innings, Sheets allowed just two hits and didn’t surrender a single run. If he returns to old form, the Braves will have quite the reliable rotation for the stretch run.
The Braves are now third in the National League in fielding, and if you can look past this debacle, the Braves had a fairly decent week in the field.
The week ahead:
Friday: at Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: at Washington Nationals, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday: at Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.
Monday: at Washington Nationals, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday: at Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday: at Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday: at Miami Marlins, 12:40 p.m.