Bits: Making sense of the Braves' offense 

July, 15, 2013

The Atlanta Braves head into the All-Star break with easily the largest division lead of any team in the game, up six games on the erratic Washington Nationals, but with serious issues offensively. Sunday’s outfield starters were Jose Constanza, Reed Johnson and Joey Terdoslavich, with Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers injured. Evan Gattis came off the disabled list to play first base, with All-Star Freddie Freeman nursing a swollen left thumb. Brian McCann can’t play every day, Dan Uggla and his .200 batting average does and . . . well, this is a .500 team since starting the season 12-1.

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Jason Heyward
Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports Jason Heyward has been a disappointment this year and was the first of the Braves outfielders to go down with injuries this past weekend.

Fantasy owners have shared their anger and disappointment over multiple Braves hitters, so perhaps it’s best to check stock on this team in simple terms of buying and selling. Let’s start with the optimistic stuff.