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Justin Upton hit a majestic grand slam

May 17, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Justin Upton AP

You’re probably not going to see a prettier grand slam this season, folks. With his team down 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning against Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez, Braves left fielder Justin Upton crushed a 1-1 fastball deep to left field to give the Braves a 6-4 lead. ESPN Stats & Info reported it at 461 feet, his longest home run as a Brave.

Upton had been slumping, hitting zero home runs with a .652 OPS between April 28 and May 12. He appears to have broken out of it as he went 4-for-5 with a tape-measure homer against the Diamondbacks on Monday and drove in five runs tonight against the Dodgers. Upton now has a league-leading 14 home runs and 28 RBI on the season.

Watch the grand salami:

The Braves went on to win 8-5, improving their record to 23-18 and helping them maintain their place atop the NL East.

  1. Stiller43 - May 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    That ball was CRUSHED

    • brewcrewchamps - May 18, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      I was gonna say the same thing..

  2. randygnyc - May 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I’m jealous the Yankees didn’t get Justin. He was unhappy in Arizona. He’ll be a force for the braves for many years. He’ll have to hit enough for both Uptons

    • duckthefodgers - May 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Hes to young for the Yankees.

  3. ireportyoudecide - May 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    For Prado???????????????????

    • quintjs - May 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      well he didn’t battle and fight in that at bat. Third pitch? c’mon.

  4. senorsharkfin - May 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Well said by every one who doesn’t understand HR to SO ratio.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      And HR to SO ratio tells us what exactly?

      • paperlions - May 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Well, obviously, it tells us how many times a guys strikes out for every home run he it. Also obvious, that means fuck all.

    • cktai - May 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Not sure what HR to SO ratio is suppost to tell us, but Eric Chavez is the only Diamondback doing better than Justin Upton in that category.

      • cktai - May 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM


  5. aceinthehole12 - May 18, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Haha remember when the Diamondbacks gave up on this kid ? Hahahhaha.

  6. Chris St. John - May 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I created the home run damage statistic just for stuff like this! This home run was 4.70 HRD (distance plus speed), good for 11th this year and 200th since 2006. Using the same source of information (ESPN Stats) Upton’s home run on April 1st actually had a longer standard distance (459 versus 454) and a faster speed off the bat (117.3 mph versus 114.4). Standard distance measures how long a home run would go in average environmental conditions. The one last night was more positively affected by the environment since it stayed in the air a little longer due to being more towering than the one on April 1st.

    Anyway, back to the question at hand: Was the Justin Upton grand slam last night the most majestic (most damaging) grand slam you’ll see? I found four that were actually more impressive statistically:

    Giancarlo Stanton vs. Jamie Moyer, 5/21/12
    Michael Morse vs. Joe Paterson, 6/5/11
    Albert Pujols vs. Roy Oswalt, 4/11/09
    Vladimir Guerrero vs. Zack Greinke, 5/1/07 (No video)

  7. gbrim - May 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Its a long season and Upton is very streaky (both good and bad). Still can’t get guys in from third with less than two outs, and stranding runners has been his weak point throughout his career. 28 RBIs on 14 HRs, including last night’s slam, shows that problem isn’t over. He will settle in and be the player he has been–streaky, talented, and the total will be worse than the sum of his parts. Oh, and if BJ continues to bomb, what are the odds the thrifty Braves will drop another huge contract on an Upton in a couple of years? Justin will get more dollars in free agency than he deserves, from someone excited by all that talent–it just won’t be Atlanta.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      You telling us 28 RBI on 14 HR shows most of us what the real problem is….Your understanding of baseball.

      • gbrim - May 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        His lack of production when runners are in scoring position has been demonstrated over many years. Look it up yourself. Look at his ability to drive in runners with less than two outs. Never had 100 RBIs in any season in AZ, most of the time batting the three hole. Great start this year, but RBI totals are below his stats in every other category. Don’t let the facts stand in the way of a sarcastic comment though–best to get those out of your system.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Cool story man, you sure did type a lot that has nothing to do with the fact that your statement that 28 RBI with 14 HR means doesn’t mean much. You do know that Upton does not control the ability of hitters ahead of him to get on base. Now if you actually used his stats with runners in scoring position, you might have made a point that makes sense. But you didn’t, did you? You’re one of those people who seem to think RBI’s is a very telling stat about an individual.
        It isn’t

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Oh and it’s amusing to watch someone whittle it down to “RISP with less than 2 outs” as the focal point of their argument. Especially when Upton is better than his career averages when there are RISP and 2 outs. But again, you keep thinking RBI’s is some sorta telling stat, go find Harold Reynolds and regale us with your failure at understand baseball, it’s sad and funny all at the same time.

  8. jimeejohnson - May 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Dodgers are the worst team money can buy.

  9. djjackson81 - May 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    The Dbacks gave up on the high strike out guys on there team you live and die on the long ball. It’s either 25-30 HR and 160+ Strike outs most of J UP’s HR are solo shots at that. Dbacks traded from outfield dept for a need of infield starter. Win win for both teams.

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