Braves at the quarter point: Your take
The Braves are hovering around the .500 mark as they reach the quarter point of the season. So what do you think?
It’s been an up-and-down first quarter of the season for the Braves. Highlights included Jason Heyward’s mammoth home run in his first at-bat in the big leagues and the continued emergence of Martin Prado as a star. Lowlights included a struggling offense that led to a nine-game slide in late April and Kenshin Kawakami’s 0-6 start to the season.
Even with all that, the Braves are still very much in the mix in the N.L. East.
The offense got off to an extremely slow start to the season.
As they reached the quarter point of the season, the Braves were batting .247 as a team and were ninth in the National League in runs scored. The offense started to pick it up in May, but still has room for improvement. The starting rotation has been steady, except for Kenshin Kawakami. The Braves are in the middle of the pack in the National League with a 3.99 ERA.
Billy Wagner announced that this will be his final season.
Through May 18, Wagner was 3-0 with four saves and a 1.93 ERA. He has announced that this will be his final season. It will be interesting to see how the 38-year-old left-hander will hold up down the stretch.
Jason Heyward has been as good as advertised.
Heyward leads the team in home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. Prado is batting a team-high .321. Off-season acquisition Eric Hinske has been swinging a hot
In return to the mound since arm surgery, Tim Hudson has been great.
Hudson has been by far the Braves’ most consistent starter. Lowe has the most wins, but his ERA is over five. Hanson has pitched better than his 3-3 record, with 56 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA.