Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is poised to reach 500 career RBI shortly after the All-Star break. Sitting at 499 heading into Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Upton needs to knock in just one more run to become the 90th active player with 500 RBI.
Still only 29 years old, Upton has largely been a disaster since inking a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Braves in November of 2012. He was expected to team up with his brother (Justin Upton) and Jason Heyward to form one of the most formidable outfields in the majors, but the elder Upton has instead flailed through his first two seasons in Atlanta.
After posting a dismal .186/.268/.289 slash line last year, Upton has been a bit better in 2014 but is still falling far short of expectations. His .215/.277/.341 slash line is terrible for an everyday player, and he's on pace for just 12 home runs and 44 RBI, despite playing in 89 of the Braves' first 95 games.
Recently, the Braves have been using Upton in the leadoff spot, where he has at least had a bit more success, slashing .260/.296/.390, albeit with a 24-to-4 K/BB ratio in just 77 at-bats.
Carrying a 13-game strikeout streak out of the break, Upton should reach 500 career RBI soon enough, but he may not keep his starting job for long.
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