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B.J. Upton goes 4-for-6, helps Braves walk off against the Marlins

Aug 31, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

B.J. Upton AP

After a hot streak to begin the month of August, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton had fallen into another slump again, hitting just .100 in his last 44 plate appearances entering tonight’s game against the Marlins. Upton was on fire all night against Marlins starter Jacob Turner and the bullpen, though, knocking four hits including a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning and a walk-off RBI single off of reliever Ryan Webb in the 11th.

Because of the clutch hitting, FanGraphs credited him with .758 Win Percent Added, a Sabermetric statistic that tells you how much a player’s contributed to a team’s chance of winning. In this case, Upton was responsible for about 76 percent. Per Baseball Reference, Upton’s performance is the 11th-most valuable of the season.

Upton also boosted his batting average to .195, the highest it has been since August 9. He hasn’t been over the Mendoza line at any point during the season.

Chris Johnson also went 4-for-6 on the night, increasing his batting average from .326 to .331, retaking the batting title lead from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

  1. scdocal - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    So happy for BJ. He has been workin hard and people have been counting him out and I was one of them but am so happy to see him come through. If his season has pissed me off this much I don’t want to know how pissed he has been. Lets just hope he can have another awesome September.

  2. misterj167 - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Glad he had a great game, I hope he keeps it up, we’ll need him if we’re going to go deep in the playoffs!

    Magic number 13!

  3. papacrick - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    “Hasn’t been above the Mendoza line at any point this season”

    That’s just downright pathetic for a guy on year one of a $75M deal. Maybe he should quit smoking cigarettes

  4. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Not much to say about the Feesh anymore. They’re calling up Chris Coghlan tomorrow – as reinforcements go, that’s kinda like the Spanish Armada adding a Zodiac full of Greenpeace activists the day after the storm. Worth mentioning: one grasps at straws, but the Iron Giant’s opposite field dinger off the end of his bat in the fourth was…well…ordinary.

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