Almost half the 2012 season has come and gone, and it's brought a mixed bag of feelings for the Atlanta Braves. Some performances have given Braves fans reason for hope, such as the brilliant play of Martin Prado, Michael Bourn and Andrelton Simmons, and the encouraging recent hot streak of Jason Heyward.
Other events have given Atlanta cause for alarm, such as poor offensive production from Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman (I believe it's expected that Dan Uggla will hit .250), the season-ending UCL tear from Brandon Beachy, and the fact that after Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson, the rotation gets very shaky.
While moves must be made to kick the Braves into a higher gear, performance from a few key players must improve and others must continue having strong years.
So, without further introduction, I present to you the top five Braves that must have a strong second half.