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Both Justin and B.J. Upton have been major letdowns for the Atlanta Braves.
In the offseason, the Atlanta Braves’ goal was to improve their offense. The team seemingly addressed this void by acquiring both Justin and B.J. Upton via trade and free agency, respectively.
The brothers, however, have been major disappointments thus far.
Even though Justin boasted a superb April, posting a 1.136 OPS with 12 home runs, the slugger has provided a mere .737 OPS and eight home runs since. To Justin Upton’s credit, he has noticeably improved his production since July (.896 OPS and five home runs), but his inconsistencies have hurt the Braves' offense.
B.J. Upton on the other hand, hasn't come close to earning the five-year, $75.25 million contract he signed before the season. The former Tampa Bay Ray star has hit to the tune of a .188 batting average, park-adjusted 59 OPS+ with just eight home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Despite the Uptons' underachieving, the Braves still have a comfortable 14.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East. But if the team wants to be a legitimate World Series contender, they’ll need to bank on the Uptons busting out in the latter months.