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The talk of spring training in the South was the outfield the Braves put together. Frank Wren spent this past winter putting together the most talented outfield in the game on paper with a pair of young MVP candidates in the corner outfield spots and a talented, proven veteran in center to replace Michael Bourn.
When the season started, we saw that this outfield may have been receiving a little too much hype. B.J. Upton has been stuck in the worst slump of his career, hitting just .177 with a .587 OPS. He's struggled to the point where his backup, Jordan Schafer, is actually looking like the much better player right now.
B.J.'s brother, Justin Upton, got off to a hot start when he hit .298 with 12 homers in the month of April. Since then Justin just looks lost, as he hit .211 in May and is hitting just .208 in June and only has three homers since April.
Jason Heyward has started to hit recently, but his slow start to the season means he is still hitting just .216 on the year with a .674 OPS.
This group is loaded with talent, but other than April for Justin Upton and June for Heyward, all of these guys have looked lost at the plate. The Braves have built up a five-game lead over Washington, but it makes you wonder what that lead could be if these guys were consistently producing.