COMMENTARY | Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez may have overreacted to the recent resurgence of B.J. Upton by moving him all the way up to No. 5 in the batting order. Although June has been Upton's best month of the season (12 hits and a .235 average), his .167 overall average is not yet worthy of being counted on in key moments. Gonzalez's decision to insert Upton into one of the premiere spots in the order may have directly cost Atlanta victories.
The Zack Wheeler era began on a promising note. Making his major league debut on Tuesday evening as part of a doubleheader at Atlanta?s Turner Field, the 23-year-old right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, fanning seven Braves batters and allowing just four hits. Wheeler issued a total of five walks and looked a little bit shaky?