Braves' Francisco, Johnson hitting well
April, 17, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
The amazing Atlanta Braves continued their winning ways Tuesday night, pounding out five solo home runs in a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. Although outfielder Justin Upton looks MVP-worthy, two of the blasts were courtesy of third baseman Juan Francisco, hitting sixth and boasting a .306 batting average. Hitting one spot later was Chris Johnson, platoon partner at the hot corner until regular first baseman Freddie Freeman needed a disabled list stint for a strained right oblique. Johnson singled and doubled Tuesday, raising his batting average to a gaudy .415 over 41 at-bats.
Freeman is eligible to come off the DL early next week, and there's little question that when he is healthy, he is the full-time starter. But what happens at third base with Francisco and Johnson? Teams that are 12-1 don't have many problems, and this is a good one to have, but fantasy owners have made both these players among the most added third basemen in ESPN standard leagues. Each remains readily available in many leagues, though the way things are going, that doesn't figure to continue.