The Atlanta Braves are one of the hottest teams in all of baseball right now, winning 15 out of their last 20 games with the most recent one coming against the Miami Marlins on September 27 by the score of 6-2. Tommy Hanson picked up his 13th win of the year for the Braves, while Jacob Turner had his fourth loss.
One of the main reasons why the Braves have been so successful of late has been their starting pitching, with everyone in the rotation pitching solidly right now. Hanson was able to help Atlanta complete a sweep of the Marlins by going over five innings and giving up only two runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts as well. He hasn't quite lived up to expectations this year (to say the least) with a 13-9 record and a 4.38 ERA, but it is good to see him get out of a winless drought of seven straight starts. What makes the Braves formidable is that even if Hanson isn't pitching up to par they still have Ben Sheets, Julio Teheran, and Randall Delgado on the sidelines waiting to fill in, and I would expect for at least one of them to get a start in as the season winds to a close.
Uggla was the key contributor in the game against Miami, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs and his 29th double of the year. Even through all of his struggles this year Dan has still found a way to be productive for the Braves with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs. He may not be the go-to option for the Braves' offense in the upcoming playoffs as much as Freddie Freeman or Jason Heyward might be, but nonetheless I still think he will play an important role in providing power at the bottom of the lineup.
The Atlanta Braves will look to make it six wins in a row as they start a three game series against the New York Mets on September 28 with Tim Hudson taking the mound against Jonathon Niese. The Braves still have an outside chance of taking the division title away from the Nationals if Washington somehow collapses over the last few games, so every game will remain important going into the postseason. Hudson is coming off of a fantastic start against the Philadelphia Phillies, and I would expect for him to have another good one against a weak hitting Mets team right now. Niese has given up at least three runs in three out of his past five starts, so if the Braves can get to him early I think they have a good chance at picking up another win.
Ryan Kekoufski is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan.
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