We're 46 games in and 10 games over .500 boys. We hold a 4.5 game lead on the Nats, who are currently struggling.
In January we made a big splash acquiring Justin Upton in a deal that looked, on paper, like a slam dunk win for Atlanta. Has that held up? What we got
Jupton - .273/.387/.590, major-league leading 14 HR, team leading 44 hits, with a robust 163 OPS+
Chris Johnson - .350/.386/.500, with a 140 OPS+, he's also 2nd on the team with 42 hits and playing a sound 3B and proved to be a valuable fill-in for Freddie at 1B when injured What we gave
Martin Prado - .232/.283/.326, he's hit 4 bombs with a 65 OPS+ (worse than every Braves regular starter except BJ Upton). He's been abysmal, making Danny Knobler's piece looked dumber and dumber
by the week.
Randall Delgado - 7.62 ERA, he's allowed 8 HRs and 10.5 H/9. Worse than any stint of his in the majors.
Zeke Spruill - 4.88 ERA in AAA after dominating AA ball. Only 24 innings, but being a pen arm makes him expendable.
Nick Ahmed - .149/.221/.157 in AA ball. Yes, a .157 SLG. He has one XBH in 153 PAs. Brutal.
It's early yet on all the youngsters, but Prado seems to have already hit his decline, and his intangibles don't make up for the sharp decline in performance.