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Some of the toughest outs for the Atlanta Braves: A fan’s list
I remember the Atlanta Braves struggling in the past against some of the best players in baseball, but they have also had their share of problems against players who don't normally instill fear into pitchers. Below are five guys that gave the Braves problems during the 2010 season. Some of the names, you might expect to see. Some of the names…not so much.
Emilio Bonifacio, Florida Marlins
Bonifacio is a career .252 hitter, but put his name on the lineup card against Atlanta, and he's suddenly Albert Pujols(notes). In 12 games against the Braves in 2010, he went 11-for-35 (.314). He drew an additional five walks and stole four bases. He was a menace to the Braves as he often batted in crucial parts of the game and came through in a big way.
Another division rival gave the Braves pitchers fits when he played. He appeared in just 10 games against Atlanta a year ago, going 13-for-38 (.342). He only hit one home run, but was very difficult to strike out (2 Ks). Polanco is a great talent and has had a stellar career thus far.
Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals
Rasmus loves to face Braves pitchers. In 2010, Rasmus played eight games against the Braves and went 12-for-26 (.461) with three home runs. Rasmus is a talented young hitter, but isn't one you would expect to hit over .450 against one team. He can learn a lot from Pujols and Matt Holliday(notes) in the St. Louis lineup.
Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds
This longtime player has had a great major league career and playing against the Braves has been no different. In limited play against the Braves in 2010, Rolen went 6-for-16 with one home run. Since 2000, during his time with Toronto, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Cincinnati, he is hitting .287. While that isn't as high as Rasmus' average, like Bonifacio, Rolen did his best at crucial times during a game.
One of the toughest outs the Atlanta Braves have seen in recent years is the team's newest second basemen. During his time with the division rival Marlins, Uggla loved to face the Braves. During his five-year career, Uggla played 89 games against the Braves, hitting .287 with an astounding 23 home runs and 62 RBIs. The old saying that says to make friends with your enemy holds true in this situation.
Thanks to MLB.
Hobson Lopes has been a life-long fan of the Atlanta Braves, thanks to TBS.
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